Hello Spine Health! I'll make this short
I'm a 21 y/o male in pretty good shape. Underwent a L5-S1 microdiscectomy on 3/16/15 after suffering from a moderate bout of sciatica (still hurt a lot though
) for four months (although I am sure I herniated way before in May 2014, had slight signs then). Tried a myriad of conservative treatment to no avail.
Four days after surgery, I noticed my sciatica return. Not as bad as before, but I've also been in bed pretty much the whole time, so it wouldn't flare up under these conditions anyway. Also, it was mainly concentrated on the side of my left foot. Before the fourth day, I had felt light sensations that weren't even a 1, which I figured was normal, but I've become worried after the fourth day. This morning (the sixth day), I had a slight flare up after getting up from my seat at breakfast (a 3 of pain), popped an Ibuprofen 800mg, and went backed to bed. This time, the sciatica started at my butt cheek and went down to my foot (just like pre-surgery).
I am fine as of this moment, but disappointed. I really want to get to the point soon where I can be drug-free. Been taking pain medication for months, and that bothers me.
I'm worried that my surgery was for nothing. I recognize that nerves take along time to heal, but shouldn't flare ups not be possible anymore now that the disc that was pushing on my nerve has been clipped? I figured some inflammation will happen because the nerve was bothered during surgery, but not like this (especially since I felt no sciatica at all after I awoke from surgery). Furthermore, I can immediately activate nerve pain by sitting down and then bring my chin and face downward. Shouldn't that not be possible post-microdiscectomy?