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  • aaslakson
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    I am 5-6 weeks post L5/S1 microdisctectomy for what the surgical notes indicated was a large herniation. Was in a lot of pain 9-10/10, neurological deficits, and muscle weakness prior.

    Overall, things are going okay. I started PT at 2.5 weeks which was okay, the week 3.5 appointment some exercises were added that I think caused some discomfort. I have stopped those and just continued my walking and some of the lighter stretches that PT gave me.

    For the most part I am doing okay pain wise, but for the past week or so, my calf has been bothering me. A little achy and painful. Flares up some when walking on the treadmill, but isn’t constant. Flares up some when sitting on a hard chair. My left calf (surgical side) is very atrophied. It is tender to the touch up by the attachment at the knee. Do you think this is indicative of a healing nerve root still? Or a nerve root that was irritated with some of the PT exercises? Also should note that I get achy feeling in my left hip occasionally when sitting in a hard chair.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Inflammation can take as long as 2 weeks to occur and can continue when the root is stretched. You might find it helpful to ask you surgeon for a short course of oral steroid. Be patient for recovery but try the steroid.

    Dr. Corenman

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