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post discectomy sciatic pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
Hell, I am new to this forum. I had a Discectomy L5-S1 almost 4 months ago. First three weeks were good, then a trip to a hot springs resort, 2 days in the hot springs,a different bed and, 2 hours in the car each way,on return the sciatic pain began. Gripping, tingling going down my left leg at times, especially when I walked.I have also had a return of the burning in the bottom of my left foot return off and on.
I was freaked out to say the least at first. The pain has improved some, but I still get it significantly at times. Was able to go back to work for 6 weeks but am now off and very depressed as I ELECTED to have the surgery after dealing with a flare up that lasted 2 years, but did get better. I was just worried that I would have to deal with that again sometime, So I had the surgery . Right now I regret that decision.
I am concerned that it is scar tissue,and have been reading some of the posts on this forum. Has anyone else had this issue and have it resolve over time or with physical therapy, naturopathic, etc.


  • Not that I know anything, I have no experience. I am having surgery tomorrow.

    I have heard numerous times that the longer the nerve is compressed the longer the healing time is due the the damage of the nerve...if it heals completely at all.

    2 years of dealing with the pain sounds like a long time.

    That could be your thing you have going on, it will just take a little longer to completly heal. If it heals at all.

    The trip to the springs in only 3 weeks sounds a little fast as well. Car rides ? Hot tubs ? Seems to be a little aggressive for healing.

    Again, I have no idea. Due to no experience. But that is my 2 cents.
  • my surgeon told me not to sit for more then 10 minutes in a hr or at one time. The other i felt good after micro had severe burning in foot and called surgeon and he said it was the nerve trying to wake up and heal and this should heal in around 6 months but may never heal do to the severity of the damage done upon herniation. I would use3 ice and ass long as you dont have foot drop or numbness it should be normall but i would still talk to your surgeon. Also i realy dont get the siatic pain down legg surgeon said if i did to contact them emediatly.
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