nooraulcMemberApril 21, 2014 at 8:07 amPost count: 7
I had a microdiscectomy on a large herniation at L5-S1 (left side) and although recovery has been progressing well (no leg pain), I have this pain/soreness in my back (at about the height level of the hip/pelvis but in the side and back, just above the glute). It has been there for a couple months now and is usually worse with exercise. Is this normal? My last follow up was last month and they gave me the all-clear to resume normal activity but this is holding me back quite a bit. If you push down on the on the pelvis bone in the back, it is sore.
Also, I have a area on my back where they did the microdiscectomy where if I push down on it, it sends an “electric shock” feeling down my back. Is this normal? It is just left of the incision. It is quite sensitive even 4 months after surgery.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorMay 27, 2014 at 10:08 pmPost count: 8583
Don’t worry about the “electic shock” feeling when you push on the prior surgery site. You probably have a small sensory nerve that is caught up in the skin scar and will eventually calm down.
Now back pain is different. Remember that you had a large tear in the wall of the disc and a large amount of disc material (the jelly of the donut) that came out. This disc has to settle and accomodate with less shock absorption material. Unfortunately, this takes time. You are at four months post-op. Give this another two months.
Now if this pain is not midline but in the buttocks region on the side of the prior hernation, this is different and most likely residual irritation of the nerve root. A new MRI might be helpful to determine if there is no recurrent herniation. An epidural steroid injection might be helpful in this case.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE 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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