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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
It has been awhile since I have been on. I had a L5S1 Microdiscectomy March 12th. It took about 2 months to finally start feeling better. My spirits were so much better until last mondat I woke up in pain again. I have the numbness in my leg, the pain in my left buttock down to the back of my thigh, behind my knee all the way down to my ankle. I can only walk or stand for about 10 mins. I can't get comfortable sitting or laying down. My doctor wants to have another MRI. I was wondering if anyone has had this happen and got better. Is this just a flair up or something worse?

Thank You


  • There is a chance it is a flare up, but I think you'll find that most people on the board who experience this found out that the disk "reherniated". In years past, it was more common for surgeons to remove the entire disk. This cut down on any chance of reherniation, but the patient ended up with bone on bone grinding. Now surgeons attempt to remove the part of the disk that is either bulging out or has broken off, leaving behind what they can to serve as the cushion for which it was designed. The problem is that other little pieces can end up pressing on the nerve, which results in the very same symptoms that the patient was having prior to surgery.

    Most patients end up believing that they "did something" during their recovery that caused the disk to reherniate. This is not usually the case. It is just that everything was not removed the first time. Something left behind rearranges itself in such a way that it is now a source of pain.

    The best way for you to know for sure is to contact your surgeon, who will probably order a new MRI.

    Hope you're just having a flare and that you are feeling better by now.
  • Do some patients who are left with just bone-on-bone experience no pain after having all the disc cut out? OUch!!! This sounds scary.
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  • Degenerative discs seem to continue to fall apart. That's what happened in my case. Sometimes that's all that one needs and in others the disc just keeps breaking off which leeds to fusion or disc replacement. I had two pieces break off of my L5-S1 disc and once on my L4-L5 disc over several years before I had my 2 level fusion. Another MRI is in store for you to see what's going on. Good Luck

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