DaniellemcParticipantDecember 23, 2019 at 9:37 amPost count: 4
Hello Dr. Corenman,
I had a microdiscectomy on my l5-s1 4 days ago and have been seemingly doing better each day since. The numbness and tingling has mostly subsided, only experiencing those symptoms every once in a while. I haven’t had much swelling until yesterday (day 3) when I was kept pretty busy. I was in a car quite a bit yesterday but no more than 30-40 minutes at a time and I kept the seat leaned all the way back. I have avoided any BLT movements but have tried to be on my feet as much as possible. The pain is mostly gone now but since this swelling started last night I have had more tingling sensations come back. To add onto that, I slept walk last night and literally jumped out of bed completely neglecting my back when I got up. I realized this when I woke up standing at my door and felt the swelling that was still there. I laid back in bed terrified I had re-herniated or inflamed the nerve severely. Today, it is still swollen and the tingling is still fairly frequent. I have remained in bed most of the day and applied Ice/ibuprofen. My doctors did not prescribe any steroids originally because I am allergic to prednisone. Should I be concerned about this swelling and should I call my doctor? I am still pretty pain free just the added tingling and swelling. Do you think this swelling is normal or have I done some damage? I would greatly appreciate your opinion. Thank you.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorDecember 28, 2019 at 4:53 pmPost count: 8460
Swelling after surgery at the incision site is pretty typical. If you have no headaches, no fevers, chills, sweats and your symptoms are much better than before surgery, this is nothing to be concerned about. The swelling will eventually go down over weeks to months. I think you will be OK.
Dr. CorenmanDaniellemcParticipantDecember 29, 2019 at 7:04 amPost count: 4
Thank you for your input, the swelling has since subsided mostly. However, the tingling has worsened quite a bit. I’m experiencing a lot of tingling in my glutes now which I never had before surgery. My opposite leg is also experiencing tingling pretty frequently. I do have an l4-l5 herniation on the right side that has not been operated on so I feel like it may just be irritated from the incision and surgery of the disc directly below it. I’m hoping this tingling will go away soon but am now just confused why it is happening in so many new places…
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