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Post microdiscectomy July 17 - 4 days in



  • I had L5-S1 far lateral microD on 7/18/13 and have certainly had my ups and downs. Lately I'm doing better but I too have shooting pain if I turn the wrong way (also mostly in bed at night). I haven't asked anyone about it yet and am assuming it's part of the healing process. My leg pain has improved a lot and I'm walking pretty much everyday. I still have some numbness/tingling of my left foot but rarely any lateral calf pain which is where my predominant peroperative pain was.

    I do have (as I've posted elsewhere) a tubular lump running perpendicular to my scar. It's about 3" long, 1 1/2" wide and is raised about 3/4". It's not tender and is kind of firm (feels like a small cucumber under my skin). It is a little tender just below it. I called my MD's office and the nurse told me that "it happens sometimes and is a collection of fluid and blood from the surgery and will eventually go away." I was just wondering if anyone has a similar thing.
  • I have had some hip pain that comes and goes, but can't say that it is at a particular time. It would make sense to me that if you are shifting in bed that maybe something presses on your nerve as you shift and it gives you a jolt. If it goes away, especially when you are standing/walking, etc. I would figure it as nerve pain and not a re-herniation. I really think that if you re-herniated, you would have more leg-involved pain and constant. A couple of people on here have had this happen and it does not go away....it is constant pain. Feel so bad for them.

    Glad you called the doc about your back lump. I wonder if putting ice on it would help reduce the swelling? My scar area is completely flat now, except for the scar itself. I'm really feeling good these days. Went shopping this morning for about 2 hours. I was really tired after. I have been noticing that my upper back muscles are hurting a bit...most likely from being used more these days. I am clear to start PT. Need to call Kaiser tomorrow to see if they got my doctor's orders and to schedule. I think I will be out from work for another month or so.
    CA Wife and Mom, 55, L5-S1 Microdiscectomy on 7/12/13
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