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Day 9 Post Discectomy help!

My husband has just had discectomy surgery on his L4 - L5 disc which he hurt at work shoveling concrete. He hasn't had any instant relief as I think he was expecting. He is still having pain in his leg. I have read that due to the nerve being compressed for so long it can take a while for the nerve to heal and you can get sort of phantom pains while it takes time to heal. Just after some success stories where pain has slowly gone even though the pain is staying the same at the moment.



  • melanieanne94

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    You have given us some information but more would be helpful such as how long it's been since surgery, when the injury firs happened, what medications he is on.

    What you read about nerves is correct,  the  longer nerves were compressed the longer the healing time, you also didn't mention how long it's been since surgery, there are lucky one's that wake up from surgery pain free, but most are not that lucky, he also needs to remember that during surgery nerves were decompressed, moved and stretched, they are now looking for their new normal.
    There are also several medications that are nerve specific that could be very beneficial to him to get him through this.
    I am posting a link below that will be helpful

    Take care and keep us posted


    Veritas-Health Moderator

  • I had the same discouraging feeling after not having immediate relief following my L5/S1 discectomy, but I'm happy to say that I made a lot of improvements in the weeks following my surgery. 

    Of course, everyone heals differently. Its difficult to predict with certainty how ones body will react to the procedure, and there are unfortunately a lot of variables that will determine the rate and the extent of healing for any one individual. For example, I had the advantage of young age on my side. Things like age, weight, and comorbidities can all factor into success rate and recovery time. Also, did they give any steroid injections post op? I was given two epidural injections after surgery, which probably helped a lot with the pain in the weeks following surgery.

    My biggest piece of advice: TAKE IT EASY. Be patient. Let the body heal and don't push yourself too soon. I got really into fitness because my pain was gone and o felt great. But I ended up pushing myself too hard and now I'm dealing with recurrent herniation that is larger than my first.  

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