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Odd sciatica moment

Okay, most of you know me, 4 months out L5S1 micro D. Up & down since surgery but improving fairly steadily. Check this one out. I am dealing with another bout of tingling & numbness about 4 days now off & on.

Yesterday hangin with some buddies in the garage talkin football, standing. Well standing has been my enemy, mostly pre-op. Post op sitting has actually been more of a problem.

Anyways we are all standing and my numbness is increasing, Im lfting my leg and leaning still a habit leftover from pre-op. It never really helped then and doesent help still. so its increasing more & more and Im about to say we gotta go inside so I can sit, and poof! It dissapates! Well I was pleasantly surprised. I am 99% sure I have no impingements on the nerve, so when its flared I usually just chalk it up to inflammation & swelling. It does not take much to set it off.

So why does the nerve still act like its pinched sometimes? Is it just the nerves version of muscle memory? I know standing has been a physical and mental problem for me. It was such a problem pre-op that sometimes I think the nerve still thinks that causes a problem when it really dosent. My PT compares it to a kinked hose. And even after you un-kink the hose the impression is still there. I dont know, I am not complaining. I rarely stand in the garage anymore since I have quit smoking after surgery. And I work in a shop with cement floors. So there is really no rhyme or reason to it. These damn nerves are tricky!

Feeling pretty good today, over this almost week long bout I have only taken 2 naproxen and a few aleve, but nothing yesterday or today. Ice always helps too. I am hoping the coaster is back on the up.

Thanks for listening!
L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!


  • UGH.... I really hope you feel better. Who knows the heck our backs and nerves are doing. It's so annoying!
  • Nerve issues are confusing for sure ! Nobody ever has the correct answer to what the cause is it seems,
    I done the same too often meet up at a friends house stand around in the garage ,slowly legs start going weak as everyone talking cars and motors as i say hell no bye i need to go sit down boys,

    If its not legs going weak then nerve flares up hurting so bad you ready to remove a spark plug out of the motor with your teeth! Hey just start that 69 chevy and back over me as i lay behind the tires and that should decompress that nerve !

    Good luck with your recovery. With some luck you be as good as new ! You just need to be restored like an old car ! Dont forget to check the dip stick so you dont blow a spine bearing,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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  • After my surgery in 2003 for a herniated disc, the surgeon said he didn't get all the micro-bone chips out. Bone chip? Yes, Bone chips from the vertebrae rubbing together. He said I would have a bone chip hitting the sciatica nerve, when and where would be a surprise and would hurt but would quickly disappear. It did happen(for 2 yrs. after surgery) and I almost fell several times. Not fun! It hasn't happen in several years. Not sure if this helps you guys, I hope so.
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