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Posted in: Herniated disc, Sciatica, and Surgery.

Pain when walking after Microdiscectomy

Started by Mh456 on 05/15/2018 12:20pm

I Hi anyone,

I had a microdiscectomy 2 weeks ago for a massively herniated L4/L5 disc. There were only 9 days between my MRI and surgery because of how large the herniation was. I had pain in both legs, more chronically and severely on the left side, but also pretty intense pain on the right side along with some weakness in my big toe. Both surgeons I met with were surprised someone as young (30) and fit as me had such a herniation, but both were confident I'd bounce back quickly.

I know it is still early in the recovery process and nerves take a while to heal, but I feel as though I hit a wall after a few days. I no longer have pain in the left leg, but my right leg gradually gets worse when I stand and walk. My max walking time is about 6-8 minutes before the pain is too much and I have to either lie down or gently press up on a counter. I had my post op visit 4 days ago, but unfortunately, it was with a PA who I had not met before and had little insight as to why I am still having so much pain, since his notes said the surgery went well. He prescribed another round of steroids and told me to come back in 4 weeks to see the surgeon. I haven't noticed any improvement from the steroids. It's getting very depressing basically being trapped in my house.

Has anyone else experienced increased pain from walking post microdiscectomy? It seems like all the posts I read mention that walking helps the pain. Sitting doesn't seem to bother me, but I am still trying to avoid it as much as I can. I'm really hoping this is just due to tight muscles, but after everyday of waking up and no sign of improvement, it's hard to stay positive.

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