Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!


Quick Start Forum Video Tutorial

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

4 weeks Post Op (L4-L5 discectomy): a new king of pain came up

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I have had my discectomy (L4/L5) 1 month ago, 14th of November.
My surgeon told that everything ran ok, and he finished his work after 3h30m on surgery.
The day after my surgery I was walking (though with some pain in my back) and it seemed that the right leg pain had gone.
But, after 2 weeks post op., my right leg pain (sciatica) came up again. My surgeon told it's the nerve trying to heal more than 5 months of injury.
That's ok, and I think the leg pain is really dimishing as the time goes by.
By that time, (2 weeks after surgery) the pain on my back was fading away each day and I became to feel much more comfortable.

The problem is.... 4 weeks after the surgery, I started to feel a very weird pain in my back, that I had no yet experienced.
The pain happens when I move myself. For example, if I try to change my position in bed or when getting out of bed (this one is particularly difficult!!). It also happens if I simply try to bend forward a very little bit.
It's like a flash pain that literally paralyses me for less than one second and makes me feel that my body will no respond to my orders to move.
I can get a good relief if I move myself, for instance, if I walk for some time. But if I sit or lie a little bit, when I get up the pain comes again...
It's really horrible, it seems that my movements are failing. It only lasts for a second and it gets better if I insist on moving, always with some pain :(

Have you ever experienced this kind of pain?

Thank you in advance for your attention.
Kind Regards,

Pedro Rosas


  • Have you spoken to your surgeon about this? Describe it to him exactly as you did here. I had something very similar and wound up having surgery again.

  • No, I have not yet discussed this with my surgeon.
    This kind of pain is very recent. It started som 3/4 days ago.
    I guess I'm gonna talk to him on Monday, I am worried about this... I hope it's not a recurrent hernia :(
  • advertisement
  • does put added stress on your facet joints. Especially during the healing phase when your spine is realigning. I had much worse facet pain after my surgery. Best to talk to your doc though. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • C, what was it in your case? I just started having a split second of pain just when I get up. It's not a really bad pain, but it does seem to keep occuring. It's above where my surgery was. I'm 3 1/2 months post-MicroD.


  • hello,

    i think you really pointed to the right direction.

    i have just read this post:

    this matches exactly what i am feeling... no more, no less.
    so, maybe my discectomy has put additional pressure my facet joints...

    how have you solved this problem?
    i am going to my surgeon today...

    kind regards,
    pedro rosas
  • advertisement
  • Hello,

    Yesterday, I visited my surgeon.
    He told me that what I am feeling is related to the facet joints.
    After the discectomy, my spine has to realign itself to the new condition. Now, it doesn't have the same disc space and the joints still need to adapt. I may have to suffer this pain for 1 month more.
    The best things to do are: walking and swimming.
    Maybe it's the opportunity to learn how to swim, I'll think about that :P

    Anyway, I really hope that this pain goes away... It's really really bad..

    Kind Regards,
    Pedro Rosas
  • I had same kind of pain for years, disc pain after 16 years they found the cause. I was happy to finaly get it fixed. Right after surgery of the disc replacement i sat up with a sharp pain in lower back going through my butt in to my left leg. never went away after 4 years now and another doctor fused it to see if that might help. I feel even worse with the stiffness and pain still flares up so bad i cant find a solution. Pain is sharper then it ever was before surgery. Nerve stimulater trial failed, just had the painpump trial that became the worse experiance in my life because they say oh the spinal fluid leaks during the trial it should go away. spent 7 days in bed, could not stand cause of the pain it kept me in, told them take the damn thing out already cause its insane. So i am back to the old drawing board. Any advise?
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Have you had epidural injections yet? Has your Dr. ordered an MRI since surgery? I hope you get pain relief soon. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Pedro,
    maybe try getting facet joint injections?
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • My surgeon has not talked about those injections.
    He told me that this was normal after a discectomy. The facet joints have to adapt to the new condition.

    But this pain has only occured 4 weeks after the surgery..
    Has anyone here faced this kind of problems after a discectomy?

    I am not taking any kind of med. I'm having this pain since 2 weeks.
    My doubt is... Will this pain heal itself with time? I'm scared... :/

    Kind Regards,
    Pedro Rosas
Sign In or Register to comment.