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Hello, I was reading everyone’s replies and loved the site so I joined.

I have had a herniated disk (L5 S-1) for years. I have tried physical therapy, injections, decompressions, and finally agreed to a microdiscectomy. Prior to surgery I had severe back pain and stiffness, and leg pain radiating down my leg. Post surgery I felt great. My doctor advised me to walk 30-60 minutes a day. I did, even pushed it to 90 the first few days then I started to experience, minor calf burning so I gradually scaled it back. I am now 11 days post surgery and I am having difficulty when I walk. The pain is better than it was, the stiffness in my back is better, but I am still having leg and calf burning. Around the house I am okay but once I walk the pain begins at the top of my buttocks and down to my calf. Lying down I get sporadic pains in my calf. I was wondering is this normal, how long does it last, what can I do for it? The walking will help with scare tissue, should I stop the 30 minute walks? Pre surgery I was on Celebrex, for inflammation (works great) post surgery, the doctor prescribed Percocet. I was off all meds for a while and now I need them again. **REMOVED**
[QUOTE=ken12345;3758592]Hello, I was reading everyone’s replies and loved the site so I joined.

I have had a herniated disk (L5 S-1) for years. I have tried physical therapy, injections, decompressions, and finally agreed to a microdiscectomy. Prior to surgery I had severe back pain and stiffness, and leg pain radiating down my leg. Post surgery I felt great. My doctor advised me to walk 30-60 minutes a day. I did, even pushed it to 90 the first few days then I started to experience, minor calf burning so I gradually scaled it back. I am now 11 days post surgery and I am having difficulty when I walk. The pain is better than it was, the stiffness in my back is better, but I am still having leg and calf burning. Around the house I am okay but once I walk the pain begins at the top of my buttocks and down to my calf. Lying down I get sporadic pains in my calf. I was wondering is this normal, how long does it last, what can I do for it? The walking will help with scare tissue, should I stop the 30 minute walks? Pre surgery I was on Celebrex, for inflammation (works great) post surgery, the doctor prescribed Percocet. I was off all meds for a while and now I need them again. **REMOVED**[/QUOTE]

WOW I could hardly walk around my house for 10 minutes at 11 days, I can't believe you are walking 1-1/2 hrs at 11 days!! You must have a really low pain tolerance, because my back hurt so much at that point!

Good luck to you with the pain... Maybe I should have been on celebrex, but my Dr. advised against taking it.My Doc says it could take up to 18 months for the nerves to heal. I would suggest cutting down on the walking some.
Hey Rolex! Thanks for the response. I was walking 3 thirty minute sessions a day, Now that the pain is back I am walking 10 minutes. I have done so much research and everything I read tells me that my nerve is simply irritated the best analogy I heard was; " it is like having a car door slammed on your hand, and surgery is meant to remove the car door, but your hand is still swollen and hurting, i.e. will take time to heal" Your doc said 18 moths??? Oh my God, I can not live like this for to much longer. I trued to go back to work Monday and Tuesday for half days and was in excruciating pain after so I stayed home and worked from the house the rest of the week. I am going stir crazy but the pain is manageable with pain pills. I am day 16, my pain is in the top of my buttock, it feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife and twisting it... I had both back and leg pain pre surgery, and now post surgery it is just in the buttock. It is so debilitating and my wife is sympathetic, but nobody can truly understand until they go through it...

Enough of me, where was your surgery, and what type of pain are you having?? Are you on pain meds? I am so afraid of becoming dependent on them...
Ken-
I am sorry to hear of your new pain since your surgery. I myself have had 2 discectomies for a herniated disc at L5-S1. I was 19 weeks pregnant and had a 13 month old (who wasn't walking yet) when I had my first surgery. Talk about stress! However, 6 hours after my surgery I walked out of the hospital pain free and was for almost a year. Then the pain slowy returned. I was put in Physical Therapy and 2 weeks into it, I woke up one morning in horrible, horrible pain. I felt like my back broke. My right buttock and the back of my right thigh was partially numb. 2 weeks later, I had my second discectomy on that same level, L5-s1. However, the outcome wasn't as good this time. The pain was gone for about 4 weeks, then again, slowly creeped back. I was told the herniation was the largest my surgeon had ever seen and it would take time for the nerves to heal. I was told up to one year. Well, it's been a year exactly and I am in lots of pain. My pain has spread down to my calf now though. I recently went to a new dr. for another opinion and they ordered a CT myelogram (the MRI was showing nothing) and they found that I might now have some new issues going on. I am in the process now of getting more testing.

I guess my long-winded post was to let you know that I totally feel for you. Especially the part about not being able to pick up your kids. I am not suppose to lift mine under any circumstances. But I have a 2 and 3 year old and there is NO way I cannot lift them. When my son is about to fall off the playground equipment, I cannot just not scoop him up in my arms. However, I have thought of many creative ways of how to NOT lift them. I could probably start a whole thread about!

Take care and my advice to you is to not give up. If your pain does not go away, then keep searching for answers. And don't be afraid to take the pain meds. I have finally come to realize I need them to be a mom to my kids.

10imom
[QUOTE=ken12345;3758592]Hello, I was reading everyone’s replies and loved the site so I joined.

I have had a herniated disk (L5 S-1) for years. I have tried physical therapy, injections, decompressions, and finally agreed to a microdiscectomy. Prior to surgery I had severe back pain and stiffness, and leg pain radiating down my leg. Post surgery I felt great. My doctor advised me to walk 30-60 minutes a day. I did, even pushed it to 90 the first few days then I started to experience, minor calf burning so I gradually scaled it back. I am now 11 days post surgery and I am having difficulty when I walk. The pain is better than it was, the stiffness in my back is better, but I am still having leg and calf burning. Around the house I am okay but once I walk the pain begins at the top of my buttocks and down to my calf. Lying down I get sporadic pains in my calf. I was wondering is this normal, how long does it last, what can I do for it? The walking will help with scare tissue, should I stop the 30 minute walks? Pre surgery I was on Celebrex, for inflammation (works great) post surgery, the doctor prescribed Percocet. I was off all meds for a while and now I need them again. **REMOVED**[/QUOTE]
Hi i am in very much the same posistion as you i have been out of hospital for 5 days and everything you have been saying rings true to me but yesturday i twisted to the side and now have the pain in my calf again arrrrrrr!! hoping i have just aggetated the nerve and it will dye down and the pain in my leg will subside do you think i should go back the hospital now or wait for my follow up appointment which is in a couple of days anyway ?





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