Calf pain after discectomy

Calf pain after discectomy
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  • gr3ggnat1
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    I am 2 1/2 months post op, and I have pretty severe calf pain. It does not feel like sciatic pain, the only way I know how to describe is to say it feels like my calf is in a constant state of Charley horse, however the muscle is not tight at all. The pain is enough I’m limping while I walk, and sometimes I get almost a popping feeling in the muscle, and it makes me stumble.

    I have talked to both my surgeon and my pain management doctor, and neither seem concerned. I am starting PT Thursday of this week, so I will bring it up with them as well, but I feel like they are not listening to me. If it hurts enough I am limping and stumbling I dont think that can possibly be normal. Anyone else experienced this issue? Any suggestions? I am currently on gabapentin and my pain management doc put my on a 5 day dose of steroids, but 3 days into the steroids has had no effect. Super frustrated!!!!!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You must describe what type of surgery you underwent. This calf pain is unusual and needs to be worked up depending on what type of surgery you had and the original diagnosis that required surgery. One of the potential post-op disorders that can occur is a blood clot (DVT). You should be checked for that too (and soon).

    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.
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    gr3ggnat1
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    Sorry if I wasn’t clear, I appreciate your response. I had a discectomy on my L5/Sl Aug 24th 2018. I had a tear on both sides.

    Per the MRI report:

    Paracentral disc extrusions at L5-S1 both sides. These impinge upon the traversing right S1
    nerve root and come in contact with the traversing left S1 nerve root.

    I have researched and don’t believe it is DVT, I have no redness or heat, but the calf pain continues daily.

    Thank you again for your time!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Don’t discount the potential for a DVT just because you don’t have “redness or heat”. Many DVTs can be quiet. I would recommend considering an ultrasound test just to make sure this is not a DVT.

    Did you have surgery on both sides (bilateral) or only on one side? Has your surgeon recommended a repeat MRI for consideration of looking for a seroma or a recurrent herniation?

    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.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

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