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Leg pain post op

I had a microdisceotomy to alleviate the pain i was having from a herniated disc L4 L5 that occurred about 7 months ago. Before the surgery i had a lot of pain, numbness and weakness in both legs but more in my right leg. After the surgery i felt great, besides the pain from just the surgery. I am now 10 days post op and have been starting to experience leg pain but it feels different from before the surgery. The pain starts in the back of my thigh and goes all the way down my leg; I'm thinking its a nerve. The pain only happens when I go to stand up, sit down or move in certain directions; it doesn't hurt when I'm just sitting or laying down. The pain feels like a stinging, sharp pain. I am wondering what could it be. Do i just have to give it time to heal or will i have this forever.
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  • I would suggest you call your doctor's office. They usually have a physician's assistant or a nurse you can talk to. If it's a nerve, they can prescribe neurontin or gabapentin to help with that. You should call them and tell them what you're experiencing. Nerves are moved around and manipulated during surgery, so it certainly could be a nerve issue. Good luck!
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,709

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • I had left leg sciatica something fierce before my op. Afterwards, I had RIGHT leg nerve pain. It eventually went away but it can take weeks for the swelling to subside and the nerves to settle down. I'd not worry too much, but definitely mention it at your next follow up meeting
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • The pain you're describing is sciatica nerve pain. Google it or read the forums on it. It's a common ailment with us spineys
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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