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post-op pain ---microdiscectomy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
Hello everyone. I'm new here. I went to India for microdiscectomy surgery in Feb. It's been 6 weeks since the surgery. All was going well for the first 5 weeks. I'm very concerned about some pain in the last few days. Pain across lower back, pain in buttock(left), and spasms in my left calf. I'm worried that I've re-ruptured. I'm worried in general. Can anyone who's had this procedure offer any advice?



  • I am 13 days PostOp from Micro. Interestingly, I was just looking at India for Micro.

    Well..I went for my first PostOp check-up today and the nurse practioner didn't seem too concerned about my pain. I was fine for 10-11 days and all of sudden my pain (not to the same degree) returned. She(the NP) said it could be from inflammation and surgery that the nerve is still causing pain. She told to increase my walking to 20 min. three times a day and recommended physical therapy starting next week.

    I did have coughing and sneezing spell due to my allergy before my pain started. who knows. good luck!
  • Craig, I had a microdiscectomy in October 2008 for a huge L5-S1 rupture. My pain level went down from about an 8 to about a 2 immediately. They told me to start walking 3 times a day totally at least 45 minutes. I started the day after the surgery and did it every day. About 6 weeks later my calf and buttock pain came back to a level of about 5. I too freaked out and went back to the surgeon. He did a new MRI and said that it was scar tissue. All of the walking is supposed to keep the scar tissue from growing as much and attaching to the nerve. In my case it didn't work. They said that everyone is different regarding scar tissue but it schrinks fairly easily with a selective nerve root block of cortizone/steroid right up against the nerve, so I agreed. The SNRB shot hurts like hell FYI, but within 3 to 4 days the pain was back down to about a 2. It has been 45 days since the shot and it is holding steady at about a 2. I have been walking daily 55 minutes. I can handle the pain at a level of 2 without taking any pain medication and without a significant reduction in quality of life. I'm hoping it will not come back again. I don't know how often you can get the shots before damage is done to the muscles and nerves from the steroids.
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  • Thanks for the input everyone. I'm currently on Lyrica (75mg 2x daily). I'm only on this med for one more week. I see my GP again next week, and I'm going do push for a post-op MRI. If I have to I'll pay for it. That will hopefully bring me some peace of mind. My back has gotten a bit better, but last night it was bothering me again, along with bad sciatic pain for about 4 hours. The the worst it's been since surgery. Oh well, todays a new day....
  • I had a microdiscectomy at the same level back in November of '08. Recently I had an acute low back pain and swelling. I suspect it may have re-hernited. The pain is not as bad as pre-op but enough to cause concern. I go back to the ortho next week and will request another MRI if he doesn't. Prior to this my pain was also managed without meds. Prior to surgery initially I lived with it for 2 years with chiro vists that were up and down finally the pain became unbearable. I'm afraid a fusion might be in my near future.
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  • I had micro April 1st and was still feeling alot of pain so they put me back on lyrica 200mg a day and amitriptiyne at night. I had an MRI last week because i was 12week post op and pain was still very bad, scan came back clear so surgeon just explained nerves take a very long time to recover, just rest up and also walk each day if you can. I had same surgery 4 years ago and it took over a year for me to feel fully better and pain free.
    hang in there, we'll all get there, eventually
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