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Hi, on December 28th I had a lumbar microdescetomy of L5-Si. Before surgery I had horrible leg pain and numbness down my left side. This continued for six months, and after all other treatments, my surgeon and I decided on surgery. I am twenty years old and otherwise very healthy. I am here to ask, is it somewhat normal to have extreme leg pain down BOTH legs as well as numbness? Will this go away? How long until this pain and numbness should subside? Any input would be greatly aprecciated!


  • Hi and welcome here.

    If you had pain down one leg, then a micro-d and now have pain down both legs a week after surgery (did I get your story right? It was a bit confusing, sorry), then that's not normal. Unless surgeon released nerves on both sides or something similar.

    It's common to have numbness from nerve 'irritation' of the nerve that was released and that may last from say 3 weeks to 6 months, but normally about 3 mths.

    Being younger, probably sooner than for older people.

    But you should talk to surgeon.

    Take care.
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