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L5-S1 microdiscectomy 5 days ago and still numb on right leg

Hi everyone,
I am new to the board but grateful to find it. I just had a microdiscectomy on my L5-S1 about 5 days ago now. I am still feeling that numbness down my right leg (right to the toe) and I am wondering if that can go away if I give it more time! I have this massive (I'll call it a Charlie hoarse) pain in my right side buttox and it feels like it is the root of the numbness now. I want to switch to Motrin and stay off of the oxicodone. I am al so on the highest dose of gabipentin 3x per day and would like to get off that too. Any idea when the numbness/pain start to show signs of going away?


  • This is my first time posting here, but I have been reading for quite some time. I am 4 days post op from microdiscectomy at L5-S1. I had unbearable pain on the first night that meds couldn't touch. I'm taking 800mg Motrin/3day, 300mg gabapentin/3day, and alternating between Vicodin and Norco every 4-6 hours. I'm a zombie most of the time, but the pain is much more tolerable now. Probably close to the level of pre-surgery pain. I seem to have pain in all of the same places as before (right buttock/hamstring, right calf, and right hip/groin), but the pain feels slightly different if that makes any sense. I'm hoping this is all normal and that things slowly improve. My surgeon and his staff have been very responsive and have assured me everything went well and this is part of the process. I'll keep resting and icing, and hope for the best.
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  • I'm almost 10 week postop from my L5s1 micro disc and I still have some numbness/parasthesias in my left foot. The numbness that I had preop had resolved about 5-6 weeks postop, but with increasing activity I've been having some new parasthesias in the foot. I was told that the numbness experienced preop can take months to over a year to improve, if at all. Numbness is usually the last to resolve. Hope this helps a little.
  • DO NOT stop any medications given to you without discussing it with your surgeon first. Som of the medications given to you, can have nasty withdrawal effects if suddenly stopped without titrating off of them properly.
    Even though you may be feeling better post op, it is never wise to suddenly stop a medication without discussing it with your doctor first.
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