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  • runnergirl
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    HI there-
    I had a very very painful herniation l5S1 2.5 years ago and the microdiscectomy was an emergency as I was getting all the nerve damage into my foot pretty badly. He pulled the disc material off the nerve and I woke up feeling amazing and fully out of pain from the get go. I had an excellent recovery and diligent with PT and was able to be back at my trail running lifestyle pretty smoothly within the next 6 months. Fast foward to now– In the past week I am now experiencing a repeat of nerve pain in my glute hip and hamstring and targeted pain in the lower lumbar that feels very very similar to 2.5 years ago. Each day this week the pain is intensifying and I have stopped all activity except for my PT’s recommended mckenzie pressups. I’m a busy mom and sitting in the car and driving kids is the worst — I don’t know if I can handle a month of dealing with this only to end up back at surgery again. Do you ever see different outcomes? Or is it already weakened from the first surgery and it’s no use waiting again? My husband is a Radiologist and very conservative views on surgery– and is probably going to discourage imaging and taking action so fast. It will definitely be disruptive to our life- however this is starting to be just as disruptive and my nerves took two years to heal because I waited so long with this pain last time (6 weeks) I guess my long winded question is– is there any hope of this pain going away with exercises or do you see this often on people on the same disc/nerve once they’ve already had a microdisecectomy. I’m 43 years old. Thank you so much!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You note you are “experiencing a repeat of nerve pain in my glute hip and hamstring and targeted pain in the lower lumbar that feels very very similar to 2.5 years ago. Each day this week the pain is intensifying and I have stopped all activity”.

    I would not wait but get a new MRI right now. If you have no weakness, you might be a candidate for an epidural steroid injection. If weakness is present, a repeat microdiscectomy would be necessary. Tell your husband that the root pain is significant and needs to be treated. Recurrent herniations are common and occur about 20% of the time.

    Dr. Corenman

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