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  • AvatarZhanei
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    Hello,
    So I had a microdisectomy roughly 4 months ago. I’ve had problems with my back for years. Since I was very little. I’m 25 now . Before surgery I got my normal pinch in the lower back that happens every 6 months or so. This time it got worse and worse to the point I had to quit my job. I couldn’t lay down, sit or stand without excruciating pain. So I got a cat 1 surgery. L5s1.

    After surgery was great besides the pin from surgery itself my sciatic nerve pain had almost immediately gone. My left leg is still partially numb. Most of my thigh still burns and is very sensitive to touch with partial numbness. I still have a limo from my calf muscle weakness due to the hernia room.

    My pain was great for 2 months or so. Very minimal. Did stretches for those couple of months and then started slowly walking every day for strength. Now I’m at the point where I get a pinch episode ( if you want to call it that) every few weeks and it lasts about a week. This one I’ve just gotten in the last few days is excruciating. Sitting is horrible, I can barely bend forwards. Can’t pick things up and laying in bed is next to impossible as it feels like my left leg is being ripped open.

    I’m starting to worry that it’s reherniating. I’m to scared to do physiotherapy now. When I stand up it’s very very sore and cramps in the one spot and eventually releases allowing me to walk .

    I’ve had a CT scan that shows nothing but a bit of a crappy spine (said my dr). There’s slight scoliosis which I’ve had since I was little but he said that there probably isn’t a point in doing an mri. So he just gave me Valium.

    What I want to know is how did nothing show on the CT scan but I’m still in all of this pain. I don’t understand how it went from really good to bad all of a sudden.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You have to be more descriptive of your “pinch” symptoms. Is it low back pain or buttocks/leg pain. See https://neckandback.com/conditions/how-to-describe-your-history-and-symptoms-of-lower-back-and-leg-pain/

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    AvatarZhanei
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    Hi,

    Sorry. The pinch used to start from my lower back and head straight down the left leg and on top of the the foot. A shooting pain that is.

    After surgery it was almost all gone except for the occasional grab and the same feeling for a few seconds after standing up.

    But the last month or so almost every couple of weeks I’ll get the same shooting pain down the leg. Sometimes it starts from my lower back and down the same leg as before surgery. This time around I’ve had excruciating pain starting from the middle of my left buttocks and heading straight down the back of my left leg to the top of my left foot.

    I am struggling to bend over as it grabs in the left buttocks and gives that shooting pain again. It really does feel like my leg is being ripped off. It takes my breath away. The pain in the buttocks is a lot worse than the shooting pain that movement causes. My left buttock feels like it’s constantly throbbing (I’m guessing nerve root inflammation) and I can’t sit on that side or lay on that side without a lot of pain. The Valium does next to nothing.

    I’m struggling to even take small steps today.

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    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    It sounds like you have the possibility of a recurrent herniation. A new MRI would be in order.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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