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Recent discectomy question.

HwentHHwent Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I'm a new member but have been reading this board for a few weeks. I had a micro discectomy on L4-L5 on February 20. It has pretty much relieved the sciatic I had down both legs and I feel a hundred times better. I do have a kind of dull tingling/numbness/tightness in my right leg that goes from my buttocks to my foot. It seems like everyday it's different, some days it's virtually not there and others, it's more noticeable. It also seems like it not always in the same place. Anyway, I'm wondering if this is normal. I'm really paranoid of reinjuring it and I feel like I've done a good job of taking it easy. Thanks for any input.


  • You can ask your surgeon to be sure. After my discectomy and laminectomy on L4-L5 in January I had some similar sounding issues - like numbness further up my leg than before surgery. My surgeon reminded me that it takes time for nerves to heal and it's not out of the ordinary.

    Best wishes for a great recovery.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Have you been doing PT?
    Any incidents of trauma during the post-op period?
    Are you doing strenuous work or activities?

    After my L4-L5 micro-d, I was up and around pretty soon.
    My lingering symptoms took a good 6 months to fully go away.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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  • Thanks for the responses. No, I haven't started Pt, and I'm not doing anything strenuous. I really feel good. It's just this dull tingling/numbness that comes and goes. Honestly I can live with it forever, especially compared to the pain I was in. I just want to make sure it'd normal and not a sign of something bad. I see the surgeon this week so, hopefully he'll say it's normal.
  • Btw, where on the central coast? I'm originally from Pismo.
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