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Hi all. On Tuesday last week (18/02/14) I hade a microdiscectomy on L4/L5 after 2 1/2 years of chronic pain in my left leg. After the surgery everything was fine no pain whatsoever in my legs and only slight pain at the site of incision. Anyway on Sunday night 5 days after the surgery as I was turning in bed mid turn I had a coughing fit and felt a sharp pain shoot down my left leg and now I've got a constant pain in the back of my left thigh, left knee and calf with slight tingling in my foot. The pain is worse then before the surgery can't really put weight on that leg. I've phoned my neurosurgeon on Tuesday who said to continue to take tablets and he will phone me on Friday to see if Its still bad. I'm a little worried I may of Reherniated it when I was coughing. The consultant said its a little stange as the op went really well and he thought he'd got it all out. Any ideas what could be going on?
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  • The first 3 weeks are absolutely crucial for the post-op annulus. This is when scar tissue forms over the hole made by the herniation and/or by the surgeon. Although the scar tissue is not as strong as the annulus, it can contain the nucleus material under many circumstances given enough healing time.

    Best wishes at the appointment and let us know how it goes if you're up to it.
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    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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  • LozaldLLozald Posts: 3
    edited 03/14/2014 - 4:17 AM
    Had my MRI Tuesday and been to see my consultant today and yep I was right its re herniated! Not as bad as first time but its deffo there so I'm booked in for a 2nd micro discectomy on 27th.
  • Hi all. Its been a while since I posted but I'm back! After 2 microdiscectomies one in Feb then 2nd in march this year I was fine and pain free right up until 3 months ago then the pain started niggling in my lower back at first but now it's so bad I've been sent home from work today. I have pain in my lower back, left hip, left bum cheek and in my left calf. When I sit down I get pins and needles in my foot and tingling in my thigh. Just wondering what my options would be now as I'vehad two surgeries already I'm off to drs tomorrow she said two months ago that if the tablets she gave me ( co codamol, diclofenac and amitrypline) don't work which they don't she will refer me to the surgeon again. Do you think this is another herniation? Thanks in advance

  • Lozald said:
    Hi all. Its been a while since I posted but I'm back! After 2 microdiscectomies one in Feb then 2nd in march this year I was fine and pain free right up until 3 months ago then the pain started niggling in my lower back at first but now it's so bad I've been sent home from work today. I have pain in my lower back, left hip, left bum cheek and in my left calf. When I sit down I get pins and needles in my foot and tingling in my thigh. Just wondering what my options would be now as I'vehad two surgeries already I'm off to drs tomorrow she said two months ago that if the tablets she gave me ( co codamol, diclofenac and amitrypline) don't work which they don't she will refer me to the surgeon again. Do you think this is another herniation? Thanks in advance
    Sounds like what I'm going through. I had two microdiscectomies. My last one just a year ago and I am back to square one with the sciatica, butt, and leg pain. My neurosurgeon said my next option would be fusion but he wants to wait it out to see if conservative measures help. I had an mri and it did show another herniation. I was put on steroids and I start accupuncture next week. I'd call your neurosurgeon and ask for a repeat mri.
    Microdiscectomy L5/S1 2010
    Revision microdiscectomy after reherniation L5/S1 2014
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  • My opinion (and it's just that, not based in any experience in medicine other than my own) is that you probably have another herniation.

    Your story sound very similar to mine, only spaced out a bit more. I herniated two time from Feb. 2014 to July 2014. I had two microdiscectomies that were successful and then I ruptured the disc a third time about 3 weeks after the second surgery. My only option at that point was doing nothing (not an option) or a single level fusion. I opted for the fusion in late September of 2014.

    My guess is that you have another herniation, but only an MRI can show that. Then your surgeon should be able to give you your best options. It stinks, but there aren't a lot of options when you repeatedly herniate. Best wishes!
    Christina
    Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
    L5/S1 microdiscectomy - May 30, 2014
    L5/S1 microdiscectomy - Aug 14, 2014
    L5/S1 TLIF - Sept. 24, 2014
    Left-side screws/rod removed along with bone fragment Dec. 29, 2014
  • Hi all. Just an update so it's now been 3 years since my two microdiscetomies and I'm in chronic pain everyday! I get pain in both hips,across my lower back and down my legs. I can fine one minute then after about 15 minutes walking the pain kicks in and I have to stop I'm 32 bloody years old and feel like I'm 80! It's only been this bad for about 6 months but been back and forward to the dr and after tramadol, co codomol, gabapentine and pregablin nothing is helping. She's referred me for pain management but I'm wondering if it's something they won't be able to help with. Notbhad another MRI as after I went back in 2015 after my previous post basically got told it's nothing. Would pain management send me for an mri? I don't know how much longer i can cope. 

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