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L5/S1 Laminectomy

I am brand new to the site as I just had my procedure on 7/30/2014 and wanted to give an update. I had extreme pain through the gluteus, down the right leg and tingling down to my foot for many months. The doctor informed my family that the nerve release was successful. I don't feel any pain in my right buttocks, but I am still feeling some tingling in my foot. The night of the surgery -- I assume because of all the medication -- I only needed one pain pill. The next two days I needed either two or three as I apparently pushed myself too much. Sitting or laying for too long is discomforting and I am trying to do this without any medication!

I am not to see the Physician's Assistant for another 12 days nor the Neurosurgeon until 9/9/14. I am told to do no bending over 45 degrees until I see him, and I drive 60 miles each way to work. I gather from the reading I have done, that the nerve healing time is a reflection of how long the damage had been done, along with how closely we follow doctor's orders. I am also taking Cephalexin four times daily and a Methyl prednisone 6-day pack. I have not needed Valium at all, which was prescribed in the event of muscle spasms, which I seemingly haven't had. I remain optimistic and will continue to update.

I hope for everyone a thorough and speedy recovery process.



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