Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

advertisement

Quick Start Forum Video Tutorial

    Forum-Tutorial-Screenshot
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

Notice
All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.
advertisement

5 weeks after microdiscectomy and recovery stunted

anxiousaanxious Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
First off, I am a 49 year old male who worked out 5 days a week and was in excellent health before the surgery.

A little over 5 weeks ago, I had an emergency microdiscectomy. I was taken to the ER because I was in so much pain from the sciatic nerve that I was unable to walk. The pain was especially bad in my right knee. An MRI was done and the doc and the PA came back with glum looks on their faces. I was being admitted and a spine specialist was called in. Cutting to the chase, my L2 disk was bulging out and up, hitting the nerve on the adjacent disk.

Roughly two weeks after the surgery, I had my follow up visit. I had been in much pain and my right leg is very stiff after walking even a short distance. I was taking Percoset. The doctor prescribed Neurontin for me. I was also told to take 2 Naproxen twice a day for inflammation. The doctor described my injury as a "doozie" and warned me there's a possibility of the nerve damage being permanent.

Since being prescribed Neurontin, I've only taken Percoset one time when the pain in my right knee flared up.

Here's a list of my concerns:
  • Inability to walk more than a short distance without my right leg becoming stiff.
  • I can't sit down for more than a hour and the back of the chair needs to be soft and cushy.
  • Dizziness to various degrees for the past week. I almost fainted last week.
  • My right knee will buckle at times when I walk.
  • Lethargy.
  • Cannot maintain an erection. The doc blamed it on the Percoset, but the problem still exists now that I have essentially stopped taking it. Fortunately, my GF is very understanding since it was never an issue before.
  • The vertabrae next to my incision are raised. My neighbor is a retired nurse and she does not think that it's normal. This has become worse in the last week or so.
My main concern is the raised vertabrae. I just got off the phone with the doc's office and the assistant told me that they will probably do an X-Ray when I come in for another follow up visit on Monday.

Thanks!
advertisement

Comments

  • I'm sorry you're having so many issues. Given that your injury was a "doozy", that could impact your recovery. Many of your points could be a result of recovery from the surgery. Your body had the affect of the disc and nerve issues before the surgery - and on top of it having emergency surgery. Then you have the impact of the surgery itself. Then your body has to get used to the changes and recovery.

    It's got to be really tough going from very healthy to dealing with post surgery. The lethargy or fatigue is really to be expected from the surgery and from the medications. The medications can cause the dizziness. Be prepared for it - get up, see if you have any dizziness and if so, stand there and let it clear, then move.

    The vertebrae thing sounds weird - it's not swelling? That would bother me.

    I'm sorry if I sound like a mom, but I am. I've had neck and back pain for a long time, and it's got to the point that issues are surgical and I'm having more and more issues with walking.

    I hope you turn the corner and can get back to where you were.
    KarenD
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • I had a spondylolisthesis that would reduce if I lay down. One of the signs of this condition where the one vertbra slips forward off another can be a raised vertebra, which I had when standing up. My surgeon did standing flexion extension x-rays to show this, because the alignment was almost normal when lying down ( for MRI ).
  • advertisement
  • Emily said:
    I had a spondylolisthesis that would reduce if I lay down. One of the signs of this condition where the one vertbra slips forward off another can be a raised vertebra, which I had when standing up. My surgeon did standing flexion extension x-rays to show this, because the alignment was almost normal when lying down ( for MRI ).
    How was your condition treated?
  • KarenD said:
    I'm sorry you're having so many issues. Given that your injury was a "doozy", that could impact your recovery. Many of your points could be a result of recovery from the surgery. Your body had the affect of the disc and nerve issues before the surgery - and on top of it having emergency surgery. Then you have the impact of the surgery itself. Then your body has to get used to the changes and recovery.

    It's got to be really tough going from very healthy to dealing with post surgery. The lethargy or fatigue is really to be expected from the surgery and from the medications. The medications can cause the dizziness. Be prepared for it - get up, see if you have any dizziness and if so, stand there and let it clear, then move.

    The vertebrae thing sounds weird - it's not swelling? That would bother me.

    I'm sorry if I sound like a mom, but I am. I've had neck and back pain for a long time, and it's got to the point that issues are surgical and I'm having more and more issues with walking.

    I hope you turn the corner and can get back to where you were.
    When I first noticed the vertebrae thing, it was soft, probably from blood in the lining of the spine. Now it is definitely my spine sticking out.

    As far as the dizziness is concerned, I've had it constantly for about a week. I also get a low grade headache with it. I was too dizzy to drive to the grocery store yesterday.



  • Hey there, I had a "doozy" similar to yours. Could not get up, even with some meds couldn't move so a trip in the ambulance to the ER to find out I ruptured a disc.

    After a few consults, I had the microdiscectomy 2 weeks later.

    It might take long, but if you are 5 weeks out with no relief, push your surgeon to suggest something else.

    What? My doctor put me on prednisone to see if I had inflammation from the surgery that was inhibiting recovery. It really didn't do anything. With that, my surgeon told me what yours told you...my herniation was huge so it would take me longer, be patient.

    At 10 weeks, I told him I would be mad at myself if I did not ask for a MRI to be sure I didn't reherniate. He was initially resistant but agreed.

    I got the MRI with and without contrast (helps show the scar tissue). He was so sure I didn't re-herniated that he would only call if there was an issue.

    He called the day after the MRI.

    My point? You know your body, doctors are only human, 5-6 weeks out is still early so most doctors want to wait 3-months before re doing the MRI unless you fell or did something specific to cause concern. So at your next appt, ask for the MRI.
  • advertisement
advertisement
Sign In or Register to comment.