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How Long Will Your Back Hurt After A Discectomy In Lower Back
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
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
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
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 the best outcome. An epidural can be done before discotomy however if you're sure you're 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Constant lower back pain when I bend over or sit too long. If I even press in that area it hurts?
Back pain: TamiH- back pain can be very frustrating. Pain localized to the back and reproduced with palpation/pressing seems muscular in origin. There are many big and small muscles, tendons, and ligaments that help support your spine. When injured they are a common cause of back pain. In older folks degenerative changes/arthritis/disc disease, can also cause back pain. ...Read more
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 the loosest sacroiliac joint, thereby painfully stretching ligaments of this joint. From childbirth? ...Read more
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
How long will my lower back pain last? I strained it lifting weights a few weeks ago. And it still hurts. Thanks in advance.
Hold the weights: See your pcp for questions re lower back pain, possible muscle sprain and guidance on cardio. Hold off on weights until no more pain. Consult with a trainer to avoid injuries, work on strengthening core muscles. Walking, swimming, stretching also good. Great you're exercising. ...Read more
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.
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
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?
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
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 the best exercise for back pain. ...Read more
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?
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. Can't stand straight?
Back & Leg Pain: Hello. What type of treatment have you had thus far? Any physical therapy, chiropractic, medications? Any stumbles or falls? Any family history of back issues-like spinal stenosis (narrowing around nerves or spinal cord)? X-rays would tell if you have abnormal shift of your spine when you extend it. MRI study would help tell if your discs are involved with irritating nerves in your left leg. ...Read more
Hi, I've had lower back pain for a few years and recently got an MRI after the pain had started to increase. The diagnosis is a disc bulge in the L4/L5 area. I'm a triathlete and the back pain hinders my performance. It also hurts to sit for long periods
Usually after 12 : Weeks one can resume all activities if without ongoing symptoms. ...Read more
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
Hello, is there any long term complication for lumbar(l5 s1) discectomy and laminectomy for prolapsed intervertebral disc. Thank you?
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.
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