8 months post L5/S1 Discectomy

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8 months post L5/S1 Discectomy
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  • Avatarmcreedon
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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.

    AvatarDonald 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

    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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