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good morning; i'm very happy to find this board. thank you!

after 2.5 months of absolute hell with an L5-S1 herniated disc, my husband called an ambulance in the middle of the night for a hospital stay and micro-surgery. prior to the surgery, my sciatica pain was so bad that i was hooked up to an I.V. morphine pump in an attempt to control it. (it helped only a little, even though my doc said they were giving me enough morphine "to knock out a horse." i remember thinking, "i wish i WERE a horse so they'd shoot me.")

but the surgery, which was two weeks ago, initially felt like a miracle. i came home with the usual post-op instructions (and cheated only a tiny bit), plus some pain and stiffness in my lower back and hip. that was nothing compared to what i'd been through with my leg, and i was so happy i can't describe it. i felt like i'd died and woke up again and appreciated once more even the smallest things in life.

the sutures were removed this past monday, during which the nurse instructed me to follow the post-op instructions to the letter at least until my official follow-up with the neurosurgeon on april 5. all continued to go well until two days ago.

two days ago, just as the back and hip pain were improving greatly, i began to feel the sciatic pain in my leg again. this morning i woke up and it's worse than yesterday. it's nothing like it was before the surgery, but it is scaring me to death, and i have a couple of questions that i hope you folks can help me with.

(1) do you think i should call my surgeon's nurse and tell her what's happening since monday, or is that unnecessary and shall i wait for my follow-up on april 5?

(2) in the meantime, can you tell me if this type of post-op pain is relatively normal? i guess i feel so frightened that i'm hoping you can relieve my mind a bit until my follow-up. if this pain tends to be normal, i'd like not to torture myself with this fear and not make the pain worse by overfocusing on it and going mentally back into the hellish state i was in before the surgery.

thank you so much for any advice.

dustie
[QUOTE=dustie]good morning; i'm very happy to find this board. thank you!

after 2.5 months of absolute hell with an L5-S1 herniated disc, my husband called an ambulance in the middle of the night for a hospital stay and micro-surgery. prior to the surgery, my sciatica pain was so bad that i was hooked up to an I.V. morphine pump in an attempt to control it. (it helped only a little, even though my doc said they were giving me enough morphine "to knock out a horse." i remember thinking, "i wish i WERE a horse so they'd shoot me.")

but the surgery, which was two weeks ago, initially felt like a miracle. i came home with the usual post-op instructions (and cheated only a tiny bit), plus some pain and stiffness in my lower back and hip. that was nothing compared to what i'd been through with my leg, and i was so happy i can't describe it. i felt like i'd died and woke up again and appreciated once more even the smallest things in life.

the sutures were removed this past monday, during which the nurse instructed me to follow the post-op instructions to the letter at least until my official follow-up with the neurosurgeon on april 5. all continued to go well until two days ago.

two days ago, just as the back and hip pain were improving greatly, i began to feel the sciatic pain in my leg again. this morning i woke up and it's worse than yesterday. it's nothing like it was before the surgery, but it is scaring me to death, and i have a couple of questions that i hope you folks can help me with.

(1) do you think i should call my surgeon's nurse and tell her what's happening since monday, or is that unnecessary and shall i wait for my follow-up on april 5?

(2) in the meantime, can you tell me if this type of post-op pain is relatively normal? i guess i feel so frightened that i'm hoping you can relieve my mind a bit until my follow-up. if this pain tends to be normal, i'd like not to torture myself with this fear and not make the pain worse by overfocusing on it and going mentally back into the hellish state i was in before the surgery.

thank you so much for any advice.

dustie[/QUOTE]
Hi Dusty ... sorry to hear of your pain .. I am 3 months post-op from my secong surgey of L5-S1 . I still have sciatic nerve pain in my leg, hip, buttock and ankle .. from my understanding its common to have this pain .. I just started acupuncture last week and within 3 days I felt alot better .. the had decreased by 50% or so .. had my 2nd treatment yesterday .. its uncmfortable now so I can't say how well the 2nd treatment is doing .. I will be going on a well needed vacation starting saturday and will be back one week from then .. I'll have a better idea when I get back to see how well that treatment works .. I do think its going to help .. I have cut down on my pain meds to about 3 per day . . also taking ibuprofen a few times a day also ... btw .. when I stood up before acupuncture I couldn't straighen up .. now I can .. makes me a believer .. and NO CHEATING .. the 2nd surgery wipped me out .. be well and hope all will be pain free soon ..
Joe





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