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L5/S1 post-op still feel pain in butt - for how long??

MESMMES Posts: 16
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm just two weeks post-op from a discectomy for a compressed nerve at L5/S1. Nerve was compressed for about 7 weeks prior to having the surgery (I reherniated it out of the blue and tried a few things, nothing worked, so I had the surgery). My butt still hurts - too painful/uncomfortable to sit for longer than a few minutes - anyone out there experience the same thing after surgery and, if so, how long did it take till you were able to sit on your bottom comfortably?


  • Hi MES,
    Sorry to hear you still hurt. It seems that just 2 weeks is fairly short to see total improvement. You may have forgotten how long the 1st surgery rehab period was. I remember that I was told not to sit for more than 10-15 min.s for the first few months after surgery. For me, rehab was most important even though I thought: "what was walking around in a pool really going to do?". (Along with electro-stim, heat-cool packs, and anti-inflammitory meds).
    I was forced to rehab for 3 months and kept a chart with: Pain level just before the therapy session, Pain level just after, and Pain level 2 hours after. Almost every time the pain level decreased after the therapy session. I continued pool rehab on my own, after that.
    As for the pain, it took me two months before it subsided then I restrained it by doing to much and that took another 2 months to get back to where I was. Again for me, rehab was and still is the key. Best of Luck.
    Hope this helps,

    No MD here, just personal experience.
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