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Am I too impatient L3 4 decompression

I had trouble walking and surgeon did an MRI. It showed a bulging disk at L3-4. Did a bunch of non surgical stuff to try fix. No improvement with non surgical. Surgeon recommended a laminotomy (not laminectomy) and a discetomy at L3-4. I approved and went forward with surgery. Prior to surgery I really could not walk a quarter mile without sitting down to relieve pain. Post surgery for five days my leg pain was 100% gone in my legs,buttocks, hips. On day six, I am experiencing left leg pain from buttocks/hip down to knee, pain is very bad without pain killers.

I have read that time will heal this. Why did I experience no pain for five days and now pain hits hard on day six. I am afraid surgeon missed something. One other point, if I go to slight extension, it hurts a lot on left side in buttocks/hip and leg. I have only done that once and will not repeat. Any thoughts from anyone on why no pain first five days and boom it hits on day six. Did the surgeon miss something.


  • Welcome...........it is unlikely that the surgeon missed anything. The reason that you didn't have nerve related pain immediately post op is that the anesthesia, pain medications and relief of the compression of the nerves all worked in your favor post op. The nerves, muscles, and tissues are cut, moved and jostled around during surgery and after a few days, nerve pain can and often does flare up, even if you didn't have it prior to surgery, due to the moving around, and retractors, etc.
    It will settle down, but it may take a bit of time before it does. If it continues past a week or two, ask your surgeon about using one of the neuropathic medications to help ease the pain.
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