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I had a microdiscectomy on June 26th and it has taken until this week for my postop pain to reduce to a comfortable point. Each person is different and there are many factors that dictate how long it will take to recover after surgery.

I guess what I am saying is....yes it can be "normal" to have post op inflammation. I had a postop MRI 10 weeks after surgery because my pain was really unbearable. I had the best neuroradiologist in the world (literally) look at my films and she said that my nerve was extremely ticked off and that I would feel better in 6-8 months. It has been 3 months since then and I am I can finally see I light at the end of the recovery tunnel.

Good luck....

Mark
Did you have a microdiscectomy or an open discectomy?
I had an open discectomy/laminectomy 3 months ago and it is a long long road I know that. I had leg numbness and weird feeling for several weeks after surgery, some of it I never experienced before the surgery. It was because of all the inflammation in there around my nerve it has since subsided. I was doing really well a couple weeks ago then I returned to work and it has been hard on me. Sometimes I feel like my surgery didn't work but I have to remain positive because I know it can be a long recovery. I just get really frusterated sometimes. I had mostly back pain and I had alot of bone growth removed along with the disc being trimmed. I can tell you, you still have a ways to go. What you are experiencing now is normal. You've gotta hang in there and focus on getting better. I have to talk myself into it everyday. I still have swelling and all where my incision is and where all the work was done. I guess it because of the ligaments and muscles being cut.
I wish you a great recovery and keep us posted on your progress!!
Mistina
From what I gather, I had an open discectomy. When I asked my doctor which one it was, he gave me a different answer all together using terms I had never heard of. I think that due to the 3 inch incision in my back that this was not micro. . .

Thanks for the insights. When I spoke to the doctor's office this morning, we are thinking about moving to anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce some of the pain. I guess I was just feeling hopeful that right after surgery, all the pain would be gone!


[QUOTE=Mistina]Did you have a microdiscectomy or an open discectomy?
I had an open discectomy/laminectomy 3 months ago and it is a long long road I know that. I had leg numbness and weird feeling for several weeks after surgery, some of it I never experienced before the surgery. It was because of all the inflammation in there around my nerve it has since subsided. I was doing really well a couple weeks ago then I returned to work and it has been hard on me. Sometimes I feel like my surgery didn't work but I have to remain positive because I know it can be a long recovery. I just get really frusterated sometimes. I had mostly back pain and I had alot of bone growth removed along with the disc being trimmed. I can tell you, you still have a ways to go. What you are experiencing now is normal. You've gotta hang in there and focus on getting better. I have to talk myself into it everyday. I still have swelling and all where my incision is and where all the work was done. I guess it because of the ligaments and muscles being cut.
I wish you a great recovery and keep us posted on your progress!!
Mistina[/QUOTE]





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