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Still excruciating pain - 4 weeks out

I had a L4/L5 Discectomy & Laminectomy 4 weeks ago for a herniated disk that was deep in the nerve root.  I am still experiencing excruciating pain in my hip, down my leg, in my calf/shin & into my foot. Sometimes, my foot feels like it is on novacaine or that it belongs to someone else! My leg feels like there is a severe toothache deep inside. The throbbing wakes me up at night. It is just as bad, if not worse than it was before surgery. Ive been in constant contact with Dr office - first they put me on Prednisone. That did nothing. They did a second MRI which revealed there is a fluid sac where disk removed & lots of fluid in soft tissue surrounding. They said it just takes time. I'm getting so frustrated. I want my life back, & although I have great family support at home - I want to get back to work!
Anyone else have this experience?


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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    Welcome to the forums. I am sorry that you are going through this. You have found a great place to discuss it though. Did they give you any ideas on how long it would take?

    I know that it can be frustrating when the expected results don't match realty. Good luck.


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    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971

    Recovery from back surgery takes time... and 4 weeks isn't really all that long. I know it's easy to say and hard to do... but be patient... healing takes time and getting nerve inflammation to subside sometimes takes a long time. Are you walking outside every day..?? Doing this will help you recover your back muscle strength which is a key part of your recovery.
    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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