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  • Avatareldecarlo
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    Hi Dr Corenman,
    I had surgery for bone spurs on facet joint, hypertrophic ligamentum flavum and fragments removed from disc at L5/S1. Prior to surgery I had bad morning pain and was very restricted in my movements. My Dr also cleaned out my lateral recess at L5. For almost 2 weeks after surgery felt like a million bucks and was so happy. On the 12th day I squatted down to pick something up so I was avoiding bending at the waist. I had an instant burn in my butt cheek. Since I have been on 6 day steroid and have numbing in big toe,top of foot and side of lower leg plus pain all throughout my leg and butt. I only had butt and minor leg pain before surgery. I am in much worse shape than before surgery. My Dr thinks it’s just inflammation and I broke off scar tissue when I squatted? I’m 57 and he said my disc is very dry and it’s unlikely I reherniated. I thought scar tissue developed much latter like 6 weeks. I’m afraid I reherniated or have periformis syndrome. Your thoughts?
    Thank you,

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You don’t have piriformis syndrome. You might have a seroma (collection of post-surgical fluid), a mechanical collapse of the operated level or even a new disc herniation. It is possible that the nerve is swollen from that squat maneuver. With new advancing symptoms and failure of oral steroids, I think a new MRI is appropriate.

    Dr. Corenman

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    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.
    Avatareldecarlo
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    Thank you for such a quick response! I failed to disclose I’m only on my 2nd day of my steroid. I’m in such disarray mentally from this I forgot. I also had some swelling in my back area after the surgery, but mostly has subsided. Again, thank you!

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