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L4/L5 disc reherniation



  • hey there,
    i had L4/5 microdiscectomy in March 2011... and it made things way better. For about a week! And then it got WAY WORSE. Total blowout re-herniation. So i had to repeat surgery 5 weeks after first one in April. Now it is 6 months later. I was pain free for a couple months. Then it got worse after active summer. Worse as in, some return of sciatica, cramping in butt.. Since then, more PT, massage, etc. Lot of swimming. Some acupuncture lately, from a guy who specializes in pain relief, has really helped. Getting more fit helps. Honestly, it seems to be a 'flare up' of nerves, I was managing it with NSAIDS, but now it seems to level off, and though i have minor pain and some numbness, its not too bad. I am careful, maintain good posture, exercise regularly, avoid high inflammation foods, etc. And maybe long term low level discomfort is my destiny, and that is fine with me. ANything but the debilitating pain I had! So, I figure, I'll ride this out long as I can... Some gentle back care yoga is feeling good, found a class...maybe that second surgery will be the ticket, but then, be sure to keep your core strength up, be CAREFUL, swim, make it an opportunity to embrace health and wellness to avoid that spinal fusion.... and good luck!
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