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How long will your back hurt after a discectomy in lower back?

How long will your back hurt after a discectomy in lower back?

Usually just ...: Usually this is just incisional pain of up to 2 weeks duration.. If there was back pain equal to or worse than leg pain pre operatively, then you most likely will not get much improvement of your back pain and all bets are off if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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Discectomy (Definition)

Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more


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Is it normal to have right lower back pain after discectomy?

Is it normal to have right lower back pain after discectomy?

Not really: Not enough info for detailed answer: how long after? Many potential causes incl. scarring, other disc injury, QL spasm, SI inflammation or ligament injury, acute SI or lumbar vertebral dysfunction, etc.I recommend exam by a dr. skilled in hands-on osteopathic diagnosis & manipulation - someone who can truly differentiate cause can give you the best answer ...Read more

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I had a l4-l5 discectomy 5 months ago and still have lots of lower back pain in the mornings mostly, will it ever heal completely?

Talk to your doctor: I counsel my patients that the primary goal of a discectomy is to relieve a pinched nerve, which thereby will relieve pain radiating down the leg. Relief of back pain is not the main goal of a discectomy, although sometimes we get lucky and the back pain does get better. Back pain can be much trickier to treat and surgery is often not the answer for that, so see your surgeon to discuss options. ...Read more

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I am going for a lumbar discectomy 3 weeks after having a steroid epidural for back pain. Is this ok or shall i leave the epidural.?

Right hand left hand: 1st i'd make sure both your surgeon and pain physician both know what the other doctor is doing. That always leads to best outcome. An epidural can be done before discotomy however if you're sure your having the surgery i'm not sure an epidural prior to would be of great use. Call both doctors' offices and let them know the whole plan! ...Read more

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Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Non-surg back option: Physical therapy can benefit even long-term degenerative disc disease sufferers, aimed at muscle relaxation then equilibration, opening intervertebral disc spaces for discs to return to their normal shape, and physical pain relief. Tens units & licensed massage therapy help pain without side effects. Swimming helps strengthen back muscles without jarring or grinding down discs. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a discectomy for L5 s1 almost 2 years ago. I still have low back pain. The doctor sees no reason for it and now I have tightness in my upper back. What should I do?

Post-discectomy synd: Patients need to remember that the main indication for a discectomy surgery is to relieve leg pain or sciatica. Most times, the back pain after discectomy is not debilitating and can be dealt with with exercise and medication. A smaller percentage of the time, the pain is more severe. The pain can be secondary to degeneration of the remaining disc, instability, adjacent discs or muscular. ...Read more

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Upper Sore spinal and back pain around L3 or L4 since lumbar discectomy ops for l5.s1 9 wks back.no fever or redness on wound.pain radiates to front ?

Upper Sore spinal and back pain around L3 or L4 since lumbar discectomy ops for l5.s1 9 wks back.no fever or redness on wound.pain radiates to front ?

Spinal surgery: Go back and see the surgeon who operated on you and be reassessed. There are many reasons why this may be going on. ...Read more

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I am having severe lower back pain and being told it is the scar tissue. I had two lymptomy and disctomy and have lose 51lbs what's next?

I am having severe lower back pain and being told it is the scar tissue. I had two lymptomy and disctomy and have lose 51lbs what's next?

Core strengthening: Congratulations on the weight loss- that is certainly a step in the right direction. Any issues in the spine cause decreased function of the core stabilizers. Surgery further decreases the function of these muscles. A good physical therapist can teach you how to functionally strengthen your transverse abdominus- and look at your muscle imbalances to give you an individualized program. ...Read more

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Why does my lower back hurt when i get through running long distances?

Why does my lower back hurt when i get through running long distances?

2+ possibilities : Multiple possibilities: one, pain from an irritated intervertebral disk (such as one with a small tear) can increase after repetitive impact exercise such as running. A less common cause and sometimes related to disk pain is a postural issue, such as if a runner has a hyperlordotic (increased low back) curve, creating a mechanical cause for pain. Rarely, slippage of vertebrae can be a cause. ...Read more

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As long as I am sitting I am fine, but when I get up walk just a little my insides and outside shakes. my back hurt in the lower back, ?

As long as I am sitting I am fine, but when I get up walk just a little my insides and outside shakes. my back hurt in the  lower back, ?

Back pain and shakes: Shaking makes me think of anxiety conditions however the back pain makes that less likely. I would focus on your back perhaps starting with x-rays of the area that hurts. We would want to make sure that you don't have spinal stenosis, alkalosing spondylitis, severe osteoarthritis of the spine or some other condition in which the nerves in the spinal canal have become compressed. ...Read more

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How long will my lower back hurt after spinal tap? cant hardly set back.

How long will my lower back hurt after spinal tap? cant hardly set back.

Up to several days: It can persist several days. Watch out for progressive pain, fever, weakness in your legs or incontinence as these may be signs of post-procedure bleeding or infection. Back pain is fairly common after a lumbar puncture 10-25 % and should resolve over the subsequent 3-7 days. If not you should be evaluated by a medical provider. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain on the right side. It hurts if i sit or stand for too long and it also hurts when i lie down. What should I do?

Chronic Sciatica: Chronic unilaterally low back/pelvic pain is intensified by lying down & suggests sacroiliac joint disorder. Pelvic cavity disorders & lumbar disk pain problems not enhanced by lying down. Explanation is that pelvis bone structure is a ring & lying down imparts biomechanical stress around ring to loosest sacroiliac joint, thereby painfully stretching ligaments of this joint. From childbirth? ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain. I am only a teen and I am active not lazy. It hurts when i sit or stand for a long time. It feels like my tailbone.

Back pain in young: Young patients rarely need further evaluation for back pain as it is usually self-limiting. For mild symptoms, muscle pains are most common. Consider also disc herniation which may cause pain without sciatica. Stress fracture (spondylolysis) occurs in 5% of the population without any symptoms. If symptoms persist, then see your doc for a more specific evaluation. ...Read more

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How long will my lower back pain last? I strained it lifting weights a few weeks ago. And it still hurts. Thanks in advance.

How long will my lower back pain last? I strained it lifting weights a few weeks ago. And it still hurts. Thanks in advance.

LBP: Usually most resolve with conservative treatment within 4-6 weeks . if persists consider MRI, Conservative treatmetn includes a few days of rest no lifting, NSAIDS, muscle relaxants sometimes steroids, ice/ heat compresses, lidoderm patch, gabapentin sometimes, PT( laser can be very helpful), I use kinesiotape. f/u with doc ...Read more

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I have IC and I have had lower back pain for a few months.it hurts the most at night also have numbness if I stay in one position to long.

I have IC and I have had lower back pain for a few months.it hurts the most at night also have numbness if I stay in one position to long.

Your symptoms: are not related to your IC (I assume you mean Interstitial Cystitis) They are most likely from your back! Review this with your Primary Care Provider! Dr Z ...Read more

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Lower back pain solutions. Hurts to touch toes or stand up after long period of time.?

Lower back pain solutions. Hurts to touch toes or stand up after long period of time.?

Muscular likely: You describe a very common and annoying type of low back problem, one that affects millions of people in this country. Female patients, the younger patient should be seen and examined for rheumatologist conditions but on average this is muscular type straining, considering lack o urinary, bowel and midline spine pain. Gentle stretching, cool compresses and tylenol (acetaminophen) and or advil should help resolve. ...Read more

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Just recovered from being really sick. Had long bed rest. Now i get wore out so fast and legs and lower back hurt after being active. What can I do?

Deconditioning: If you had a long best rest for your illness, you are probably quite de-conditioned. You will need to "train" yourself to get back to normal. Exercise and good nutrition are the ticket out. Be patient with yourself. ...Read more

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Why does my lower back hurt if I stand for too long? I'm 23, F, nursing student, flat foot. Does my feet have to do with it? I wear Nike Free 5.0

Why does my lower back hurt if I stand for too long? I'm 23, F, nursing student, flat foot. Does my feet have to do with it? I wear Nike Free 5.0

Flat feet does not-: -back pain. Perhaps U R in need of some exercise that strengthens Ur core. Many times U concentrate so much on school that U forget about the need 4 exercise. @ the gym where I workout has nursing students & they manage 2 work in a good workout 2X/wk. give it a try. ...Read more

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Mid and lower back pain pops all the time and pight side hip pain hurts if i sit too long or walk a lot, what could be wrong? Going on months now.

Back Pain: Very common condition due to improper position and chronic strain. Will not go away immediately and slowly start stretching the back with yoga exercises- gentle stretch, avoid soft chair and bed, keep a good posture at all times, ice and get gentle massage when in pain. Firm beds are helpful to wake up pain free in the morning. Swimming is best exercise for back pain. ...Read more

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I have really bad lower back pain and it travels down my legs , it hurts when I sit or stand too long and it really hurts when I go to bed keeps me up?

I have really bad lower back pain and it travels down my legs , it hurts when I sit or stand too long and it really hurts when I go to bed keeps me up?

See the Dr.: You should not have to deal with back pain that bad. Use a heating pad and take some NSAIDS (as long as you're not allergic to them-such as Ibuprofen) and make an appt to see the Dr. for an examination and treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Lower back hurts.when i stand too long or if i bend back. Pain goes down my left leg to my foot. For about a year now. Cant stand straight ?

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Nerve impingement: can be caused by nerve being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm, back pain and burning pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. Take care. ...Read more

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Week 2 of lumbar discectomy. How long for numbness to ease off of leg and when can I take a bath instead of a shower?

Week 2 of lumbar discectomy. How long for numbness to ease off of leg and when can I take a bath instead of a shower?

Need sealed incision: Soaking in a tub requires a completely sealed incision, so ones surgeon should inspect it to give the ok. The time required for paresthesia (numbness) to resolve is variable; factors influencing this include the degree of pressure upon the spinal cord or its nerve roots and the duration of the compression. ...Read more

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Hello, is there any long term complication for lumbar(l5 s1) discectomy and laminectomy for prolapsed intervertebral disc. Thank you?

Hello, is there any long term complication for lumbar(l5 s1) discectomy and laminectomy   for prolapsed intervertebral disc. Thank you?

Pain, instability: Discectomies work well in immediate pain control, but after some time (5-10 years) they may lead to instability and need for segmental fusion. ...Read more

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It normal to have same pains 4 while after a discectomy-L4L5? extended standing/walking & after have the same back pain. 2 months since surgery, otherwise pain gone.

It can be as the : Surgery was to relieve predominant symptom of sciatica by removing disc portion compressing nerve but original disc is not normal & can sometimes not bear load as well as before it herniated so prolonged loads across it like sitting, standing & occ walking may bother it- active exercise including core strengthening, staying trim & not smoking can help. About 10% post disectomy have back pain. ...Read more

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How is a diskectomy different from a spinal fusion? What's the difference between a diskectomy and a spinal fusion? Is one better than the other for back pain relief? .

Discectomy : Discectomy is the removal of disk. Usually only small amount of disk which has leaked out of the disk space and is pinching a nerve is removed. Discectomy is done primarily for sciatica leg pain not for back pain. Recently surgeons have had success with endoscopic discectomy for treatment of back pan caused by degenerative disk disease with a rip in the disk (radial tear). Fusion surgery most of the disk is removed and cage/bone is put into the disk space. The vertebral bodies are held together with screws and rods. Over time the upper vertebral body fuse across the disk space to lower vertebral body forming "one big bone". Fusion surgery is the standard surgery for back pain. In the future endoscopic discectomy may replace fusion surgery for initial treatment of back pain from degenerative disk disease. Please see my health guides on endoscopic discectomy. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Diskectomy (Definition)

The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more