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Laminectomy L4-L5
Aug 18, 2006
Hi there,
what sort of pain is normal almost 3 weeks post op for a L4-L5 laminectomy? (I realize everybody's healing is different) I'm experiencing some pain in the left side of my lower back (my pain/sciatica/numbness were all on the right side pre-op). I'm also having very mild flareups of sciatica pain in the middle of the back of both thighs. My doctor told me I can drive 3 days after the surgery so I've been doing some driving (with good back precautions). Now I'm really worried I've done something to my back. Can anyone tell me if this is normal or what they experienced after their laminectomy? I'm still not sure if the laminectomy was part of a discectomy-still trying to get answers from my doc-still can't get ahold of the surgical report. I'd sure appreciate it. Having a somewhat worryfree weekend sounds good at this point. Thanks!

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