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  • mcreedon
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    Hi Doctor,

    On April 16, 2019, I had a lumbar discectomy (L5/S1). The surgery itself went great with no complications post-op. There was some pain here and there, but was nothing too concerning.

    Fast forward to December. I am now having some (constant) pain going down my left buttock into my leg. I did work out the other day so I don’t know if I just aggravated the nerve. My question is should I be concerned? The pain isn’t as major as it was, but it is making sitting and sleeping VERY difficult.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Matthew C.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    The two possibilities are a nerve root stretch or a smaller recurrent disc herniation. The first thing would be to try some PT and an oral steroid. If in 6 weeks, the symptoms don’t calm down, a new MRI would be helpful.

    Dr. Corenman

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