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mercyme
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   Posted 6/29/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
 
  Hi, wanted to ask if anyone here deals with back/sciatica leg pain??  I had a discectomy May 5th just two months ago, due to protruding disc at L4/L5 that was pressing on the sciatic nerve.  I'm doing alot better as far as no more muscle spasams, but the leg pain is increasing again. sharp shooting, burning and pins and needle feelings.  I had a MRI a couple of weeks ago, and the neuro surgeon said the only thing she could see was a small pocket of fluid and a little scar tissue but couldn't see anything compressing the nerve.  Leaves me puzzled then why do I still deal with leg pain, same side as before surgery. I thought things would get better, well there not quite as bad so I guess I'll just have to deal with it.
 
  I'm doing all the exercises that the PT gave me, I also had a steroid shot last week, but haven't seen a big difference.  I'll probably always have back problems, so just trying to deal with it the best I can, I know it could be alot worse.
 
  Blessings,
 
  Mercyme

PAlady
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   Posted 6/29/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Mercy,
Many of us deal with sciatic pain, in all its various forms. First, it's likely way too soon to know if your nerve will get better. It can take up to two years for nerves to heal - if they do. I had a fusion last Sept. that did not help my sciatia at all. If your NS has said there's scar tissue and fluid, well, you never know if it could be compressing a nerve somewhere. But if she feels the nerve isn't being compressed it may just need time.

It took 3 months before i was permitted to do PT, and then it was very, very slow. Much longer before I was only doing the slightest of exercise. Do I recall that you were the one who was moving too quickly right after surgery, starting PT, etc.? Because maybe you're doing too much too soon.

Search through the older threads for sciatia and you'll read a lot more of many of our stories.

PaLady

mercyme
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   Posted 6/29/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes your right I'm the one, LOL they started me on PT about 3 weeks after my micro discectomy. I do the exercises faithfully every night. I went to Books A Million this evening read up on back surgeries and the outcome. I'm just a little discouraged but hanging in there. thanks for replying.

God Bless,

Mercyme

PAlady
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   Posted 6/29/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Mercyme,
Well, I still think you may be doing too much too soon, but I'm not your doctor! Another place to search if you really want some medical infol. is to go to medscape.com. It's free, and it's connected with the same research line many doctors use - medline. Medline will tie you right into medical journal articles, although sometimes there is a subscription fee. But Medscape is a watered down version, for the general public, and as I said, it's free. That's how I learned what failed back surgery syndrome was. It's also where I dug up the info. that nerves take up to two years go heal, and the longer they've been damaged or compressed, the longer they take to heal, and the less likely it is they may heal completely. Unfortunately I waited too long for my surgery.

Hang in there, but take it easy!

PaLady

mercyme
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   Posted 6/30/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks PaLady I'll check the sciatic threads out.

Mercyme

Lindaloo
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   Posted 6/30/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Mercy, I had sciatica after my hemilaminectomy years ago. I was laid up in bed for two years before the surgery, so afterwards I had a lot of muscles that needed retraining and strengthening. I gave it several months after the surgery before I started with PT, but when I did start it, I went three times a week for a year. The physical therapy helped tremendously.

Now I still have occasional sciatica that flares up every now and then and its been some thirty years ago since the surgery, but for the most part my back has settled down. Now I just deal with the D fibro.

Hang in there Mercy, You are going to be alright, I know it. You just have to give it time and with patience and exercise, you will see everything fall into place. Keep your chin up hon.

Gentle Hugs,

Linda
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proudmomof2
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   Posted 7/10/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I suffer from bulging of L4-L5 disc......that's all they found on my MRI. I have horrible pain on the right side of my butt! It's really bad! It runs down the back of my right leg down to my knee. They said they saw no sign of nerve damage. I think they are wrong!!! Something is deffinetly wrong with me! Im going to a neurologists next wed. maybe he can look at my MRI and study it a little more! You have any thought on this? Could they be wrong? I know I hurt!!! What else could it be? Hope you feel better soon! living with pain really sucks!! Thank you!!!

straydog
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   Posted 7/10/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
ProudMom you sure have the positive signs of a pinched nerve. Anytime a nerve is pinched in the back, the pain in the buttock and down the back of the leg is classical signs. I am glad you are going for a consult with a neurosurgeon, he will be the best one to deal with this problem. Good luck, Susie

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