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Anybody else get increased pain if they try stretching?

Because I suffered from fairly severe left-leg pain for years before going through with surgery, my muscles are incredibly stiff, particularly my calf, buttocks, and hamstring. I'm only 11 days past my surgery, but I was really hoping to finally get some muscle relief. I've tried some very simple calf and hamstring stretches and they seem to be firing off nerve pain that I wasn't really expecting. is it strange that this is happening? Anyone else feeling unsuccessful with stretching?


  • I have a Dysectomy n l4-l5 back in March 2016, I was an active person as well use to workout 6 days a week, and I know by heart its really frustrating u started filling weak and also gain some weight, I couldn't walk that much the first 2 months, at the 3 month I started lifting weights I went from 10lbs to 20lbs and then stopped ause start filling a restriction on my back while stretching, my doctor always told me to go slowly and listening to my body signs, I went to see him and I was sent for PT for a month and I ended up having a second surgery this time a Laminectomy w decompression and diskectomy on L4-L5 the reason why I couldn't stretch was because of a neural encroachment  (pinched nerve) so be careful.
  • Thank you for the response. It's so hard to know sometimes if the pain is "normal" or not!
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  • I wouldnt stretch for a number of months (6 months I reckon). They will eventually loosen on their own and you don't wanna put unnecessary pressure on your back by stretching. Also Stretching the hamstrings will stretch/glide the nerve, as it was just operated on the nerve will be sensitive and can/will cause pain.
  • Thank you!
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