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What to do if i could run 15 days after a microdiscectomy (l5 s1) but i still have nerve pain is this normal?

What to do if i could run 15 days after a microdiscectomy (l5 s1) but i still have nerve pain is this normal?

Did your doctor: really tell you that you could resume running 2 weeks after your back surgery? Please discuss this with your neurosurgeon/ spine surgeon - because pushing your body too hard physical post operatively can impact the effectiveness of the surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Microdiskectomy (Definition)

Removal or excision of a disc fragment that has herniated out of its normal position that is then causing nerve compression so its removal results in the decompression of the nerve. It is done through a small incision under magnification usually with an operative microscope and is ...Read more


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2months after spine surgery (microdiscectomy L5-S1),started pt and I'm feeling great...can I wear high heels?

2months after spine surgery (microdiscectomy L5-S1),started pt and I'm feeling great...can I wear high heels?

EZ does it: Very high heels could put unwarranted strain on your lower back. Start with a pair with 2-3" heels, wear them for a few days and see how your back reacts.Go back to flats if your back begins to hurt. Gradually increase the height over time, slowing down if you experience discomfort in your back. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can I cover my surgery scar(microdiscectomy L5-S1) with a tattoo or that is a bad idea?

Can I cover my surgery scar(microdiscectomy L5-S1) with a tattoo or that is a bad idea?

Not recommended: Would not recommend it. Will only attract attention to that area. Any chemical applied to a scar may result in further unpredictable inflammatory reaction. ...Read more

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I had a microdiscectomy of l5-s1 about a two years ago and the pain i worse now then it was before the surgery. Any suggestions what i can do?

I had a microdiscectomy of l5-s1 about a two years ago and the pain i worse now then it was before the surgery. Any suggestions what i can do?

Neurosurgery eval: Neurosurgery evaluation, MRI of the lumbar spine to look for a re-herniation or residual nerve compression. Emg may help to check for any denervation. If no surgical issues found, keep body mass index (bmi) below 30 and add isometric exercises to strengthen the paraspinous muscles. ...Read more

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I've had 2 back surgeries- a microdiscectomy at L5/S1 & L4/L5. I've got scar tissue & am still in pain. I use TENS, inversion, PT, Neurontin, Norco, Cymbalta, and am trying injections. Any new ideas/tx for me to try? I'm only 23 & I feel like I'm 80.

I've had 2 back surgeries- a microdiscectomy at L5/S1 & L4/L5. I've got scar tissue & am still in pain. I use TENS, inversion, PT, Neurontin, Norco, Cymbalta, and am trying injections. Any new ideas/tx for me to try? I'm only 23 & I feel like I'm 80.

Adhesiolysis: Cassara 1st NO more surgeries on your back . FInd an Anesthesiologist in your area who will do a minimal risk type of epidural injection BUT without steroids . This injection is called lysis of adhesions or Adhesiolysis with a medicine called "Hyaluronidase". This injection will break up the scar tissue that has entrapped the nerves in your back. It must be performed with physical therapy ...Read more

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At age 44,is it normal to lose alot of weight approx 5 kg for 6 mths post microdiscectomy surgery for l5/s1?

At age 44,is it normal to lose alot of weight approx 5 kg for 6 mths post microdiscectomy surgery for l5/s1?

Postop wt loss: It is not normal to lose weight after this procedure, but perhaps your diet, activities or medications have changes since then? These are more likely explanations. ...Read more

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Had a L5-S1 microdiscectomy and laminectomy eight months ago. Although I am no longer in excruciating bouts of pain, why is standing > 20 min so hard?

Had a L5-S1 microdiscectomy and laminectomy eight months ago. Although I am no longer in excruciating bouts of pain, why is standing > 20 min so hard?

For some there is : Ongoing back pain as the disc no longer functions to support prolonged loads such as standing which is 2x body weight across the low back discs. this occurs in about 10% of miscrodisectomy cases. One should stay trim, not smoke and work on core strength as well as cardio endurance as well as flexibility to minimize symptoms - use proper body mechanics and minimize prolonged positioning. ...Read more

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L5-S1 microdiscectomy Fri for left leg sciatic pain. Calf/foot pain relief w/some thigh/behind knee pain. Pain less AM but sharp pain down left leg into foot w/pain level of 9.5 & hurts sitting/lying.

Microdiskectomy: Give it some time; sometimes simply moving the roots around can upset the lumbar plexus and give you intermittent (even quite severe) pain, although it resolves within a week or two. Getting to the disk requires mobilization of the roots and inflammatory changes from that- or the disk herniation- itself can give this pain. As long as bowel and bladder OK, hopefully this will resolve also. Best! ...Read more

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What to do if a right sided microdiskectomy on my l5-s1 there disk after a microdiskectomy?

Avoid strenuous acts: In microdiscsctomy surgery they take out the portion of the disc that ruptured and came out of place to cause pressure over the nerve/ right s1 nerve roo., we make sure there are no more loose pieces that will come out again. We do not take out the entire disc material. So there is some disc left behind. You have to take it easy wait for the body to heal before starting strenuouous activities. ...Read more