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Post op 5 days

morning all I am 5 days post op discectomy
my pain in leg was gone until yesterday but now had returned as 'pinching' pain 
is this normal? 
It's just in my hip and buttock area to, I have been getting twitches last 2 days as well ( not happened before ) 

thanks Polly 


  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    edited 06/29/2016 - 1:52 AM
    Hi Polly,
    I'm no doctor but had the same surgery on the 16th. Sounds normal but check with your doctor for piece of mind.
  • Thanks, I don't have a follow up for another 6 weeks 
    I may ring the Drs nurse on Friday it getting worse.
    Nice to hear other people's stories 
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  • Hey there!!  Glad to "see" you!  It never, ever hurts to check with your doctor/surgeon about any symptoms that you are unsure about.  It's definitely more our doctors job to figure out what you need to be concerned about, and what you don't. 
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510


    It is common to have some swelling that presses on the nerves and causes the symptoms to return.  With that said, anytime that you have real concerns, you should call your Dr's office and ask. 


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • AWMAAWM NebraskaPosts: 75
    Echoing Bruce...

    When I had my surgery I experienced similar pain to what you descibed.  I was told by my doctor that this is perfectly normal.  It does eventually go away.  When your doctor says that you are ready, PT really helped me "stretch" some of this pain away.

    I am not a doctor, so please check with yours if you are concerned.
    Dec. 28, 2015 - Laminectomy L3 - S1 (Due to congenital stenosis.)
    Dec. 28, 2015 - Discectomy L3-L4; L4-L5; L5-S1 (L3-L4 & L4-L5 were bulging and L5-S1 was herniated.) 
    May 20, 2016 - Selective Nerve Root Block Injection L5 Nerve Root.
    July 15, 2016 - Epidural Steroid Injection L5 & S1 Nerve Roots.
    Oct. 31, 2016 - Microdiscectomy L5 - S1
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