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Sciatic pain Post-Microdiscectomy

Hello all,

I am looking for some guidance and possible causes for sciatic pain after microdiscectomy surgeries, as well as some things that have helped people with the pain. I am about 1 year post op from an L4/L5 microdiscectomy/laminectomy. I have been better than before surgery but I still have intense burning and aching in my right calf. I have recently gotten MRI's and Xrays and it shows no reherniation of disc, but I am still getting tons of sciatic pain still. I have tried epidurals, PT, surgery and stretching and nothing have helped. Some say go to a chiro, and some say acupuncture but I dont know if they will actually help. I am 21 years old and feel like I am way too young to be having these issues. It is truly frustrating and seriously impacts my life. I cant sit for more than 5 minutes without the most intense burn pulsing through my calf/foot.

Any help or insights appreciated!


  • Hey there. That sounds rough. :( So sorry that you're dealing with this! Has the pain been the same since you came out of surgery, or did it develop sometime during your recovery?

    I know that acupuncture really relieved pain for me. It was temporary, but it was legit. I'd give it a try. I also have a great chiropractor who I've been seeing for 9 years and I really believe in them...key is, you need a GOOD one. But definitely try acupuncture! It's pretty awesome.

    I hope you get some relief soon! I understand your frustration .
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