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hi, i'm new here... i hurt my back in may, was seeing chiro for 6months. he then sent me for mri. had herniated L5 which was on my nerve, he said if i didn't have surgery it would kill all my leg muscles etc,etc. i had a microdiscetomy on dec. 1st. the pain was unbearable after the meds wore off, has been worse now then before surgery. went to dr. for the 2 week checkup and he said "i'm disappointed" you should be feeling better by now. i had app't friday. after having new mri. the mri showed no new herniation. but dr. said i had some scar tissue. then he said " i can't fix everyone " and said i need to go for ph therapy. i start pt as soon as paper work done. i go back to see him in feb. i have been reading about scar tissue, and now i'm thinking this is my new life, pain filled! has anyone had same problems with pain after surgery? i'm thinking my nerve was damaged, and this is never gonna get better.
[QUOTE=claraa;4658553]hi, i'm new here... i hurt my back in may, was seeing chiro for 6months. he then sent me for mri. had herniated L5 which was on my nerve, he said if i didn't have surgery it would kill all my leg muscles etc,etc. i had a microdiscetomy on dec. 1st. the pain was unbearable after the meds wore off, has been worse now then before surgery. went to dr. for the 2 week checkup and he said "i'm disappointed" you should be feeling better by now. i had app't friday. after having new mri. the mri showed no new herniation. but dr. said i had some scar tissue. then he said " i can't fix everyone " and said i need to go for ph therapy. i start pt as soon as paper work done. i go back to see him in feb. i have been reading about scar tissue, and now i'm thinking this is my new life, pain filled! has anyone had same problems with pain after surgery? i'm thinking my nerve was damaged, and this is never gonna get better.[/QUOTE]


Hi, and welcome to the forum. I'm sorry you are in so much pain after your surgery. I would suggest getting a second opinion. If your surgeon is a neurosurgeon, then you might want to look for an orthopedic spine specialist and vice=versa. A second opinion is very important at this point. It seems to me to be very soon to have that much scar tissue.

After your surgery, did the dr. recommend that you walk a lot? Walking is the best way to keep scar tissue formation down and to keep what is there pliable. If you haven't been walking I urge you to start doing so, beginning with short walks slowly and then gradually increasing. That may help after a few days or a week. Still, I think a second opinion should be gotten.

I would assume that you were careful not to lift, bend, etc. following the surgery and that you haven't been overly active. If so, try to get more rest while you are trying to find another doctor.

And please, do let us know how you are doing....best of luck.

Carol
Claraa, I can currently relate. I had a Microdisectomy on my L5S1 on Dec. 15th. Shortly after the surgery the pain in my right leg was completely gone. However since then some of the pain has increased (in not just one but both legs). No where near the level it was at before, but still noticeable. I also have numbness in both my right and left feet. When I called my doctor about this, he also suggested scar tissue. The suggestions to walk are definitely sound. I recently started back at work full time (I work for a computer repair shop). Work wears me out, but standing up and walking around the shop every 30 minutes or so really helps the numbness (pain is still there). I'm sorry about your pain, but it's good that the disc is not re-herniated. Please keep us posted on how things are going for you, and I'll keep you in my prayers.





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