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What are some of the symptoms of a re herniation ? I'm a little over 2 weeks post and my low back hurts some near my incision . I think I may have over did it a little on Sunday . HELP !! I'm concerned !!!!!!


  • Hey, Netty74!

    I can understand your concerns, but please keep in mind that this is what your doctor is there for--to answer any and all questions you may have about your recovery!!  Please let your doctor know about what happened, as he/she is the only one who can tell you if it's anything to be worried about, ok? 

    Two weeks is very early in recovery!!  Your incision is still healing (my surgeon told me it takes about a good six weeks barring any complications), and so a little bit of activity can result in an increase in pain.  I know how easy it is to get anxious about post-op pain, though, and it's very difficult for your mind NOT to jump to scary conclusions...

    Check in with your doctor today (or at least soon!), and let give us an update when you can!! 
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Hi netty
    I am almost 6 weeks post op and get some soreness/pain when I overdo things. I don't have any experience with reherniation (knocks on wood). You are only 2 weeks out so this might be expected. Have you called your doctor? If the pain subsides you may be ok. If not, I would call.  
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  • netty74nnetty74 South carolinaPosts: 18
    Hey guys ! I sent a message describing what I was feeling to my doctor . Told him I did LOTS of walking in Sunday and he seems to think I over did it and the symptoms I was feeling were normal . I have been resting and I took a Valium on Monday and a half in Tuesday . I haven't taken any pain meds until today , my doctor cleared me to go back to work today when I saw him last week . I worked for about 5 hours . ( I'm a vet tech , however I will be working the front desk for a few months ) . I have a great boss who has be extremely accommodating and very understanding ! I feel much better today and I also feel better that I have spoken with my doctor ! Thanks for your help !!
  • netty74nnetty74 South carolinaPosts: 18
    Hello ! I'm a little over 3 and 1/2 weeks post and I have been doing good up until today . I have been working and sitting at the phone desk , but I get up frequently and walk around . I fell asleep in the couch last night ( with a pillow in between my legs ) today I have a slight burning sensation running in the side of my left leg . L5/S1 micro d . Any ideas ?? I'm wondering if I have been walking too much or it's the side effects from sleeping in the couch . Any ideas ??? Thanks for your help !
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    During recovery it is common to have symptoms come and go - and also very frustrating and worrisome.  You know your body and the symptoms best - so anytime that you have serious concerns don't hesitate to contact your surgeons office like you did last week.

    By the way, "over" 3 1/2 weeks post op is still very new to post op.  Heck, I am 9 months and just last week did something to bring back some symptoms for the weekend - but they have disappeared again.

    Hang in there, it gets better but slowly.


    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.

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  • netty74nnetty74 South carolinaPosts: 18
    Thanks Bruce ! I'm trying to be patient , it's tough . I freak out about everything I feel . It's concerning because after surgery the sciatica was completely gone . Thanks for your help , it has put my mind at ease 
  • netty74nnetty74 South carolinaPosts: 18
    Hey guys I spoke to my doctor about the burning sensation I was feeling and he said its part of the healing process and it sounds like everything is normal ! Whew !!! Thank goodness 
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