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  • Ckadmire99
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    Good everything Dr Corenman,

    I started having some sciatic pain, left leg numbness, and lower back pain back in January 2022. Unfortunately, I finally went and saw a rehabilitation doctor, had a MRI which showed a large L5-S1 disk herniation. I was offered options for PT and surgery. I was started on PO steroids and started PT.
    I completed 4 weeks of PT with no results and I was offered steroids injections. It helped some but I was still having pain. So I finally had surgery on April 13th. I was doing well for 2 weeks post op, walking and I only had some numbness and tingling of my left leg. I was cleared to go back to work. I do a lot of sitting and walking at my job. Four days after starting back to work, I started having more numbness, increasing tingling. I contacted my surgeon, the NP called back and started me on PO steroids thinking it was nerve inflammation. I’m on my last day of steroids and I’m not getting any better. I can barely walk more then 20 feet without sciatic pain, numbness and tingling get worse. And I’ve had tightness in my hamstring for 7 days.
    I asked about PT but was told they usually don’t start PT until 6 weeks post-op

    Any insights you can give me is appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Cheryl

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Good everything (I love that introduction)

    It sounds like your symptoms are substantially increased since surgery. Are these symptoms worse than before surgery? The oral steroid was a good idea but with no substantial relief, a new MRI with gadolinium should be considered. PT can be started within 2 weeks but your symptoms seem to be intolerable. You could have something like a seroma that can be aspirated but you might have a recurrent disc herniation. Time for a new MRI.

    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.
    Ckadmire99
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    Dr. Corenman,
    I was pretty debilitated prior to surgery, lower back pain, numbness, tingling and sciatic pain. The lower back pain is gone and the nerve pain, tingling and numbness down my left leg is slightly better than before surgery. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. I have a message sent via my chart system asking for my surgeon to call me back.

    Cheryl

    Ckadmire99
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    Dr. Corenman,
    I was pretty debilitated prior to surgery, lower back pain, numbness, tingling and sciatic pain. The lower back pain is gone and the nerve pain, tingling and numbness down my left leg is slightly better than before surgery. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. I have a message sent via my chart system asking for my surgeon to call me back.

    Cheryl

    Ckadmire99
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    Dr. Corenman,
    I was pretty debilitated prior to surgery, lower back pain, numbness, tingling and sciatic pain. The lower back pain is gone and the nerve pain, tingling and numbness down my left leg is slightly better than before surgery. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. I have a message sent via my chart system asking for my surgeon to call me back.

    Cheryl

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Please keep in touch for your treatment progress.

    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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