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pepper09ppepper09 Posts: 137
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in New Member Introductions

I am a 41 year old female and I had surgery on Dec 31, 2008. It was a lumbar laminectomy and disc fragments were removed that were pressing against my nerve which caused constant pain down my right leg, ankle and foot. I thought I would be better by now (It's been 23 days) but I now have a new pain since the surgery in my middle, lower back that extends down both buttocks (lol - i hate typing that word) and the pain down my right leg is back.

I had to go back to work 14 days after the surgery because I was out of sick leave. I was doing good when I first got back to work and did well for about 3 days, but now I'm in pain again. I'm doing stretches, yoga and I'm walking almost daily, but my back and leg are not getting better and I am so very frustrated. I have to pretend that I'm ok at work, but I'm not.

I am not in physical therapy and the doctor didn't recommend it at my 2 week post-op visit. Probably because I told him I was doing stretches and walking at home.

I would like to know what has worked for people with chronic back pain. What type of exercises and stretches should I be doing? Will I ever see the light at the end of the tunnel? I have 2 herniated discs - L4 - L5 and with the surgery, nothing was done to the discs, just disc fragments were removed. I didn't have an accident, I think I have herniated discs just from moving furniture at home over the years.


  • You should call your doctor and let them know the pain you are having. I did not have back surgery yet, talking to the doctor next Friday about surgery options. But, from everything I have read, it sounds like you may be doing to much too soon. If your body is not fully healed, you could cause yourself more problems.
    I hope you find some help. But I would sure call the doctor.
    Take Care,
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you may be doing too much too soon and your body is speaking back to you. regardless, you need to tell your doctor and see what he has to say. :-C i don't understand why you had surgery without having your discs taken care of as well! what was the reasoning behind this? isn't this what a "laminectomy" is?" good luck as you continue to seek pain relief! Jenny :)
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