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Help! Herniated Disc L4-L5

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  • Posted By: Rarcar1
  • February 6, 2007
  • 03:06 AM

I recently had a microdiscectomy on L4-L5. Leg pain went away immediately, still had back pain and numbness in leg and foot. 3 months after surgery I fell down the stairs and broke my right midfoot and sprained my left. Went through 4 weeks of physical therapy. 6 months later still have numbness is my leg and foot. And now back pain is back full force.

Has anyone reinjured their back after surgery? Did you have surgery again? What is pain level after the 2nd surgery? Did it go away? They told me I have a 10% chance of re-herniating the same disc. What's next a fusion?

Did physical therapy both pre and post surgery for my back. The pain was so terrible with sciatica I could not physically do the therapy pre-surgery.

Very depressed about it. I am 34 years old and healthy. I have never had any health issues before. I have been in chronic pain for 10 months with my back and feet. It is really wearing on me mentally and physically.

I also have a very physical job and do not know how much more they will support this. Help???

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  • Please visit an acupuncturist, they treat disc herniation and sciatica with great success. Getting subsequent surgeries is like opening a can of worms as far as I'm concerned. It would be very risky. To find a practitioner near you please visit www.acufinder.com and type in your zip code. The only thing you have to lose is your pain:) DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 03:20 AM
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  • First off - don't count on acupuncture as a sure bet, I've tried it for a L5-S1 herniation and found it painful and it only aggravated my back/leg pain. A co-worker tried it for neck pain and had wonderful results. We went to the same person for treatment. I don't know why it worked for her and not for me. It's just what happened.I went through almost the same thing. L5-S1 laminectomy for a complete herniation causing sever pain, numbness, constant "buzzing" sensation all the way down my leg and into my foot. After the surgery I was left with some residual leg/foot numbness because of nerve scaring, but I had no more pain! A few months after surgery I fell and broke my ankle, bad enough to need surgery to put it back together. Was in a cast and on crutches for 12 weeks (I'm in my 40's and just don't heal as fast as I used to). I don't know if it was the fall, using crutches or even possibly a severe coughing fit I had during a bout of bronchitis around he same time, but something caused a re-herniation at L5-S1 and the start of a herniation as L4-L5.I had a second surgery to fix L5-S1 again once I'd recovered from the ankle mishap. I had a couple weeks afterwards when I really regretted having the second surgery as I was still in miserable pain. But once I "turned the corner" in my recovery, things went great and I seemed to heal up from the second surgery faster than the first one. I even seemed to have gotten back some of the feeling in my foot. I didn't have L4-L5 fixed at the time as I wasn't having any symptoms from it and we all thought it was small enough that it wouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately it has since progressed and will need to be fixed as the pain has now become constant and severe. But I'll be going back to the same surgeon as I know I'll be in good hands. I'm hesitant to take more time off from work. Although I've been there for many years and don't anticipate any problems, in today's economy I hate doing anything to put myself in the cross-hairs for a lay-off. On the otherhand, living with this much pain for much more than a few more months isn't a happy thought. I'm looking forward to being pain free in a couple months.Whatever you decide to do I wish you luck, good health and a pain free life!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 24, 2010
    • 03:09 AM
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