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TallaTTalla Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:46 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am new to this forum and have a question. I had surgery on my L4 L5 where the doctor shaved part of my disc the was pinching my nerve. The surgery was 18 day's ago. I did feel extreme relief from it, but today I'm still feeling some pain down my leg still.

My question is. Is it normal to still feel the pain down my leg? And how long will it last?


  • Talla,

    Welcome to Spine Health!!! On the top of the web page is a search box. Many on here have gone down the same path and searching may help you with your questions.

    Nerves hate being trapped, pinched, compressed etc. It can take a year or more to recover! Presently too you are very new out of surgery, so you have irritated nerves, tissue recovering etc. You will probably see soon from those with similar surgery, still having nerve issues 6 months to a year out! Patience is the key. :) Of course never be shy about calling your surgeon if you have any concerns - that's part of their job too! What's that phrase? "That's why they get paid the big bucks!"

    Again, Welcome aboard!!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. :)))

    Nerves take many months to heal and as Brenda said "patience is the key" !!

    When is your next appointment with the surgeon?

    In the meantime, rest and walk gently, read, watch movies and listen to relaxing music (or whatever music you like).


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
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  • From my experience it took up to 6months for the pain to go away. It all depends on your body,how badly the nerve was compromised and for how long. Hang in there, remember your only 18 days out that's not very long. Keep us posted....
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