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Discectomy

Hi all

I had my discectomy on 6th December, when I woke up zero pain was very very happy, I instantly stopped taking tramadol as it made me so Ill was unreal and I went cold turkey, but I wasn't in pain just very uncomfortable and sore, now though 10 days on and my peg pain is returning :-( I've been taking it easy only walking a small distance and lying down and resting, I'm still not taking tramadol just paracetamol but I'm really hoping that this is the nerve healing ? Anybody the same way ? I'm a nail technician and hoping to return to work on the 6th because if I dont work I don't get paid.

All in all I feel great my back feels great and I feel great in myself just still getting pain in my leg and quite sever today.

Thanks
Sarah
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  • I had my discectomy a week ago. My nurse practitioner said that for the first couple weeks I may still feel pain and numbness and its all normal even if you wake up with all pain gone. Call dr to see what he suggest they may want to give you a medrol dose pack to help with inflammation. I too was excited that my leg pain was gone right after surgery and then got disappointed when it came back on Monday with a vengeance. I know it's easier said than done but don't stress about it. Stress causes extra pain.
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • There is a "honeymoon" immediately after surgery but then the anesthetics wear off. Swelling peaks around the 2 week, sometimes into the 3rd. Are you taking it easy or are you moving around like normal? Are you using cold packs on the site? What kind of incision was made?

    I can't emphasize enough how important the first 3 or 4 weeks are to letting the disc scar over. No bending, lifting, twisting, sneezing, coughing, pushing, pulling, running, jumping, slipping / falling tripping etc etc.
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    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,709
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  • Hi Paul, I can't help but cough and sneeze but I certainly havnt done any of the other, I have been walking around but that's all definitely no lifting etc...I'm just hoping it's healing itself.

    Sarah
    Paul said:
    There is a "honeymoon" immediately after surgery but then the anesthetics wear off. Swelling peaks around the 2 week, sometimes into the 3rd. Are you taking it easy or are you moving around like normal? Are you using cold packs on the site? What kind of incision was made?

    I can't emphasize enough how important the first 3 or 4 weeks are to letting the disc scar over. No bending, lifting, twisting, sneezing, coughing, pushing, pulling, running, jumping, slipping / falling tripping etc etc.
  • Very true about stress!! Xx
    Summi1408 said:
    I had my discectomy a week ago. My nurse practitioner said that for the first couple weeks I may still feel pain and numbness and its all normal even if you wake up with all pain gone. Call dr to see what he suggest they may want to give you a medrol dose pack to help with inflammation. I too was excited that my leg pain was gone right after surgery and then got disappointed when it came back on Monday with a vengeance. I know it's easier said than done but don't stress about it. Stress causes extra pain.
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  • Sarahgardiner13SSarahgardiner13 Posts: 5
    edited 12/20/2013 - 12:19 AM
    thank you liz :) x
    liz said:
    please take the time to read this post and refer to it when you have questions

    i am sure that you will find your time on spine-health very rewarding. this site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and growing.
    here are just some of the highlights that are available as tabs on the main spine-health menu bar

    spine-health main menu tabs

    conditions detailed medical libraries of articles and videos that address almost every spinal condition.
    treatment list of treatments to the conditions identified by spine-health.
    wellness section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.
    spine-health forums these are the forums you will be using
    find a doctor this provides with a method to search for doctors in various locations.
    doctor advice health center the resource tab, has many important features. you can browse various doctor advice on given spinal situations, you can browse clinical trials and view a comprehensive glossary..
    health videos index to all spine-health videos



    as a bonus, spine-health provides these patient forums. here you can meet thousands of people who understand and can relate to your situation. you will soon become part of the spiney family[/u] who provide comfort and the advantages of a support system. you are now part of this family that is approximately 27,00 international members and growing daily.

    important

    - it is very important to understand the forum rules to make sure all of your posts[u] do not violate any of the rules.[/u]

    - all new members must read our faq in order to understand the layout of the forums, how to navigate through the forums, helpful terms, how to make effective threads and posts, plus a link index to many of the important medical forums and key medical articles on spine-health forum faq

    i am positive any member, new or old will find this chroinc pain - step by step thread very valuable.

    here are some links that all new members need to review to create effective threads and more

    read before you post
    tips for newcomers
    understanding the rules

    all of this will help make your threads better and improve the times and quality of responses you will receive.

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    dilauro

    tamtam

    liz

    sandi

    jellyhall




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  • Are you feeling any better Sarah? I have been putting ice on my back for the last few days with little or no help. My incision is about 5 inches and its right in the center bottom of back. I am so ready for the staples to come out as well. Nurse said she probably won't remove them till the 26th.
    I hope you are doing much better and things are getting easier. Take Care!
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • Yes I'm feeling great but still getting the odds in in my right leg :-( I spoke to so,some today who said it's perfectly normal and it's just scare tissue, my incision is still slightly sore but healing very nicely
    , it's about 3 inches but not staples? Mine are dissolving stitches I think? All the steri strips have come away now leaving the scar open but I'm told I should keep it covered ? Th hospital said not to worry as it will be ok so bit confused lol

    I'm hoping to go back to work on the 6th so that will give 4 full weeks of recovery fingers crossed I can as I am going out of my mind lol
  • I was told to keep mine covered for the first 24 hours at home then take on dressing. And then to only cover it when I shower. I would think you shouldn't have to keep it covered now. Glad you are feeling better. Hopefully you will be able to go back to work soon. Good luck!
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • I had dissolvable stitches in my abdomen and back. I only had to keep the dressing on for about a week until there was no more discharge. My surgeon's office removed all of the steri strips at my 3 week post-op appointment.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
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