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Pain on other side

HaylieCatOwnerHHaylieCatOwner Posts: 117
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I wanted to ask you all what you think about this. I had a MicroD surgery on L5, S1 a little over 4 weeks ago, and the focus had been on my right side. A few days ago I started to have a "twinge" on my left buttock, and it feels similar (but not near as strong) as the pain I used to feel on my right buttock prior to surgery. Is it possible I've done something to herniate a disk and affect the nerve on my left side now? It comes and goes, mostly I have noticed the twinge after sleeping on my side, with a pillow between my knees. Any chance it's just a muscle I haven't used in a while and that I'm sleeping wrong? I haven't lifted anything heavy or done anything out of the ordinary. Wouldn't the MRI have seen a potenial problem on the left side?

I hope I am just over-reacting and it's nothing!



  • Haylie, I am a fusion Spiney but have had a similar situation. Pre-op my sxs were on the left side, back, hip, leg. My sugery was more focused on the L, more disection was done on the left. At 5 weeks post-op I had a flare up of right sciatic pain. My surgeon says it is normal and will come and go, which it has. He says all the nerves at that level are inflammed, and they will flare up and settle down over and over for a while. It kinda freaked me out cause I used to have right sided symptoms last year, so my thought was the right side should have been further dissected/decompressed. Or maybe my bmp is overgrowing. But so far it settles down each time. Anyway the point, nerves are near the area and inflammatin exists, so could just be a flare-up. If it continues get it checked out as of course you are at risk for re-herniation. Hope you feel better soon. >:D< Sue
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