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Is there a way to help relieve my leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

Is there a way to help relieve my leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

That depends on why: There is still leg pain. Sometimes it is related to inflammation early postop although a retained disc fragment, a recurrent disc herniation, an unrecognized conjoined nerve root was present, scar formation or wrong level was operated on. Maybe the leg pain was not related to preop disc identified. Speak to your surgeon about further imaging if needed & treatment based on clinical exam & images. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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How do I help relieve my leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

How do I help relieve my leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

Pain relief: Mild bed rest with elevation of lkegs behind the knees will help with stretch on the paraspinous muscles. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc, plus sarcoid which I doubt. I have little sensation in one leg and weakness in thr other. 2 yrs now. Is surgery my option?

I have a herniated disc, plus sarcoid which I doubt. I have little sensation in one leg and weakness in thr other. 2 yrs now. Is surgery my option?

Sarcoidosis: Yes, a granuloma could form around the area of a nerve for the area you describe. An MRI of that area could be useful, but few radiologists are able to recognize the granuloma--it's is unusual. A short trial of steroids might help. Do you have an elevated blood test ace? That could indicate active sarcoid. Have you had a biopsy of a lesion id you as having
non-caseating granulomas? Why not sarcoid. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc after severe pain for only 8 days but doctors are recommending immediate surgery due to leg weakness-advice?

I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc after severe pain for only 8 days but doctors are recommending immediate surgery due to leg weakness-advice?

Good advice: If you have leg weakness in the setting of a herniated disc, urgent surgical intervention is usually warranted to prevent long term neurologic damage. ...Read more

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MRI results:herniated disc at L4-L5. bad low back pain feels like heavy bricks on back, left leg heaviness n Charleyhorses in calves. Surgery or block?

MRI results:herniated disc at L4-L5. bad low back pain feels like heavy bricks on back, left leg heaviness n Charleyhorses in calves. Surgery or block?

Pinched Nerve: It can take up to 6 months to go away on its own. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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How can I help reduce leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

It should on it's. .: This should do it on own if you! Re non smoker & your leg pain was predominant pain. Occasionlly, the nerve can still remain irritated from it's prior compression &/or manipulation during surgery. Anti inflammatory meds or meds like neurontin, Elavil or Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help as well. If the pain is persisting, you may need a contrast MRI to see if there is a retained disc fragment or recurrent one. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc cause bilateral leg pain (burning, tingling) mostly front of legs after exertion (walking fast, uphill, climbing stairs, etc.)?

Can a herniated disc cause bilateral leg pain (burning, tingling) mostly front of legs after exertion (walking fast, uphill, climbing stairs, etc.)?

Absolutely: Yes, although there are other potential causes as well. A detailed exam and review of your studies will likely yield the correct diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Recent MRI due to left leg pain and weakness in back of thigh calf and foot. Results show no herniated disc. So painful walking standing sitting! Help?

Recent MRI due to left leg pain and weakness in back of thigh calf and foot. Results show no herniated disc. So painful walking standing sitting! Help?

MRI: Which part of the body was the MRI performed?
It should be have been done at the lumbo sacral region of your low back.
Sound like a nerve root compression. You may require an epidural block.
Apply ice to your low back to see if symptoms improve for now along with an anti inflammatory for pain if not allergic. ...Read more

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How long does a epidural lasts for a herniated disk? Are there any side effects to a epidural injection? Please help l have so much leg pain with back

How long does a epidural lasts for a herniated disk? Are there any side effects to a epidural injection? Please help l have so much leg pain with back

Variable: The length of relief varies, and some do not get any relief at all. Risks include spinal headache or leak, headache, infection, and nerve injury. The steroid effect is usually a local one, and systemic effects are relatively minimized. However, some can have elevations in blood sugar, as well as some other risks of steroids. You should see a surgeon if you aren't getting better. ...Read more

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What should I do about my back/leg pain? I have a herniated disk in my l5s1 vertabrea, and have had 3 bilateral transformal steroid injections in my spine during the past 3 weeks, today my legs and back have a shooting pain going up and down and I can har

What should I do about my back/leg pain? I have a herniated disk in my l5s1 vertabrea, and have had 3 bilateral transformal steroid injections in my spine during the past 3 weeks, today my legs and back have a shooting pain going up and down and I can har

L5-S1: L5-s1 disks can cause severe sciatic leg pain. I would recommend consultation with a spine surgeon if you have failed 3 steroid injections. Leg pain secondary to herniated disk usually responds well to surgery. There are many surgical options including traditional and minimally invasive surgery. I would recommend looking for a surgeon who is experienced in endosocpic minimally invasive surgery. Endoscopic treatment is not always an option, but it is worth exploring due to less tissue damage, quicker discharge and recovery and less post operative pain. Please see my health guide on disk herniations and sciatica for more information. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I tell if my l side sciatic px is from piriformis syndrome or herniated disk? The pain intensity varies & at time only in my l low back/buttock. When I have leg pain to my left foot goes cold.

How can I tell if my l side sciatic px is from piriformis syndrome or herniated disk? The pain intensity varies & at time only in my l low back/buttock. When I have leg pain to my left foot goes cold.

Sometimes: It's very difficult to differentiate between those two. A good physical exam and history necessary. Avoid positions that worse the pain. An MRI sometimes necessary to r/o hnp. Ice, rest and stretching exercises will improved a piriformis syndrome. Also the use of nsaids meds sometimes indicated. Can take long. I went through ps symptoms in the past. Good luck. ...Read more

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My father had a surgery 10 years ago at the lower for herniated disc. Why is his left calf vibrating non stop?

My father had a surgery 10 years ago at the lower for herniated disc. Why is his left calf vibrating non stop?

Fasciculation: Post surgery fibrous tissue contractrue causes nerve entanglement, leading to muscle dysfunction......fasciculation, atrophy. ...Read more

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I have a back that needs surgery on it. Herniated disc, degenerative changes. 3 days now my right hip & thigh have gone numb with a lot of pain.

I have a back that needs surgery on it. Herniated disc, degenerative changes. 3 days now my right hip & thigh have gone numb with a lot of pain.

Talk to an MD: This is a procedure that can be treated by either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon that has specialized in back surgery. The use of a pain clinic to try epidural steroids prior to surgery is another viable option. ...Read more

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Do I need another back surgery? I have a herniated disk at l5-s1, I've been suffering for over 3 years now. I had a surgery in november of 2009, all that was done was scraping the calcium off of the nerve to relieve sciatica. It all started again 6 mont

Do I need another back surgery? I have a herniated disk at l5-s1, I've been suffering for over 3 years now. I had a surgery in november of 2009, all that was done was scraping the calcium off of the nerve to relieve sciatica. It all started again 6 mont

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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Is it ok to still have pain and numbness after herniated disc surgery?

How long, how much?: Nerve dysfunction including numbness, weakness and pain may not resolve immediately after surgery. This depends on factors such as age, length of time nerve pressure was unrelieved pre-op, severity of compression, co-morbities (your pre-existing health issues) length of time from surgery--it may take months to improve. Warning new symptoms post-op always require re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it okay to play sports after herniated disc surgery?

Is it okay to play sports after herniated disc surgery?

Yes you can.: Yes, following full recovery from surgery --- which can take anywhere from 4-weeks to 2-3 months, you will then be able to resume your sporting activities following herniated disc surgery. ...Read more

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Do most people that have a? Herniated disc tend to recovered well without surgery?

Yes: The vast majority of patients (80%) will get better without surgery in approximately 3 months. ...Read more

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Can I have herniated disc surgery with no neurological symptoms?

Can I have herniated disc surgery with no neurological symptoms?

Are U asking if U: Can have such surgery having no neuro symptoms at all, or are u asking if u can have this surgery with no risks of getting any neuro problems from the surgery.
Best person to provide you with these answers would be your surgeon, who has determined that you need surgery.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Should I have herniated disc surgery if I have no neurological symptoms?

Should I have herniated disc surgery if I have no neurological symptoms?

No: Thr surgery is effective for arm or leg pain only if you have no pain or weakness you can only lose comfort with a back induction I'm puzzled why did you get a MRI for no symptoms if it's was for back pain then the MRI funding is spurious and should be considered not a symptom causer we should be getting studies without symptoms unless it is a screening test for early a symptomatic disease. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover fron herniated disc and bone spir surgery?

Hard to say: The recovery time depends on the type of surgery you'll have. If it's a minimally invasive surgery, it may be a few weeks. If it's a fusion surgery, it may take much longer than that. ...Read more

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I've got a herniated disc, emergency surgery due to footdrop. Will I get better?

Foot drop: From a severe herniated disc shows nerve damage, either in your spinal canal or in the roots exciting your canal. It depends how long this compression as there and the extent of the nerve damage whether or not this will come back. If caught early enough, it is possible some strength will return, but it can take up to a year to get to maximal return. Often though, it can be permanent. ...Read more

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I had surgery on l1-s5 herniated disc, now reherniated it. Is a fusion bad to get?

Fusion: There are a lot of things that going into determining if you need a fusion. Ideally, you would like to avoid a fusion if possible. Just having a disc hernia toon in and of itself doesn't mean you need a fusion. ...Read more

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When a herniated disc causes sciatic pain, will the opposite leg feel shorter over time?

No: Probably not. The disk herniation has no effect on leg length. I have not had a patient complain (or notice) of a leg feeling longer or shorter if they have or have had radiating pain (sciatica). ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says I need surgery so how long is recovery?

Varies: Open discectomy a bit longer. In my practice I perform minimally invasive surgery whereby I use a 1.5-2 cm incision and dialate the muscles and use a tubular retractor (metrx). Back to work in 3-7 days, walking hours after surgery, no lifting greater than 25 lbs or axial loading maneuvers - jogging, squats, military press x 6 weeks. Folks with jobs that require significant manual labor- off 6 w. ...Read more

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I've sustaining a herniated disc in my lower back. How long will it take for pain to radiate down the leg?

It may not at all!: Disc herniations do not necessarily cause any leg pain or sciatica. Sometimes, you can injure your back and have back pain initially that can evolve to include the leg from minutes, to hours, to days to several weeks. Many times, as the leg pain progresses, the back pain improves, but 90% of disc herniations are treated non operatively. ...Read more

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My father had a surgery 10 years ago at the lower back for herniated disc. Why is his left pulp vibrating non stop?

Vertebral discs: There are discs in between the bones of the spine. Sometimes they can be injured. They are similar to a tough rubber or plastic material. On the inside, there is a softer material (pulp) which can herniate out (squeeze out) when the disc is torn. A great deal of force is needed to do this- like a car accident, lifting something very heavy, playing certain sports are examples. ...Read more

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When doing straight leg test and no pain is felt could you still have a herniated disc? Or is the test pretty accurate. Thanks

When doing straight leg test and no pain is felt could you still have a herniated disc? Or is the test pretty accurate. Thanks

Disc Herniation: Absolutely could still have a disc herniation. The straight leg test on the same side is a very sensitive test and when positive on the opposite side is very specific. The diagnosis is based off of culmination of history, entire physical exam and MRI imaging. ...Read more

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Leg Pain (Definition)

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