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  • saaamantha
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    Hello,

    I recently had my microdisectomy on my L5/S1 area that was extremely painful on my entire right leg. So far the healing has been good and I had no pain in my right side anymore. I did experience a small infection where there was a lot of leakage but after taking antibiotics it’s healed and scabbing.

    I started physical therapy one week ago and have been to two appointments. The day after the first one I started to feel a small amount of pain on the left side of my lower back. It mainly hurt if there was any pressure on it, for example when I would lay on the table at PT or if I pressed the area. It stayed the same until the second appointment, then the night of my second appointment when I was home I started to feel a small soreness in my left hip. I have woken up to it being a little more prominent and some pain in my left buttocks area. It does feel more like muscle pain than nerve pain, I am hoping.

    Before my surgery I was compensating my pain which caused my hip to shift to the right and was very noticeable. I’m wondering if the pain could be caused from my body going back to its normal position, or if it’s something I need to go see my orthopedic doctor about again.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Make sure that the infection is cured and not smoldering. There are lab tests that your surgeon knows about that can indicate if the infection is gone or not. If no evidence of further infection, then an oral steroid might be helpful. If that does not work and the physical therapy is ineffective, finally, a new MRI might be in order.

    Dr. Corenman

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