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Sudden tenderness 6months after microdiscectomy

Hi, this is my first post although I have read lots of the threads on here during my recovery and they have really helped. I am now 6mths post op following a ruptured disc L5s1. Everything was going great but recently I have started to calf pain, tenderness on my spine, and a general sense of weakness with some small pains in my buttock and thigh. There's nothing too intense but given everything was going so well this step back is making me panic a bit. Anyone had the same so long after the surgery?


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 10/16/2013 - 11:17 AM
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  • Liz53Liz53 MissouriPosts: 150
    I also am about 5/12 months post L3-4 microdiscectomy and recently have had more back pain( never had back pain before surgery) and leg pain/ numbness at times. I was concerned that I had a reherniation after reading other posts so I went to see my neurosurgeon and had a repeat MRI which was normal! I don't know why now all of a sudden things seem worse? No explanation and I want to be well! Not sure but I keep thinking the healing is taking far to long.
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