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  • Anonymous
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    Dr, I’ve written to you before my surgery describing my symtems. Left side pain with pinching burning etc. Dicogram showed L5S1 disc was shot. Anway, I had my tlif on the 24th and they said I was doing better than most, walking on my own etc. Chacteristic of my pain seemed to be alittle better than before surgery but immediately after surgery I had bad pain down left side ( like a charlie horse) My mom and wife rubbed it and it finally went away. Two days later it came back and I mentioned it to the dr and he said it was nothing to worry about. I came home on the 27th and have been doing everything I’m suppose to do and walking. Dr said walk as much as I can so even after being home 2 days, I’m walking 2 miles with no discomfort. Monday I was riding in the car feeling some discomfort and pinching on the left side and it has increased since then. Brusing is even popping up over my left side where the pain starts. Most of these symtems are the same as before surgery, pinching, burning, throbbing down the leg. All test before showed no pinching of the nerve and even ct of pelvis and hip ws normal, just that the disc was bad. I’m praying this isn’t bad news for me, that the surgery wasn’t needed. I’m waiting on a call from the dr. but I wanted to see what you said as well. You really helped me before and I value your input…Thank You…ps any tips cause mybowels have bailrly moved 2 times since the surgery on the 24th

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    The leg pain might be from the exposure of the nerve root to surgery. If the TLIF was performed on the left side, the nerve root is temporarily retracted. Some stretch of the root can cause irritation. Also, if the surgeon used BMP (bone morphogenic protein) in the disc space, this can be temporarily irritating to the root.

    For bowel immobility after this surgery, this is very common. Normally, the narcotics taken after surgery will slow down the motility of the bowel. Patients need to take propulsive substances such as Metamucil, Senocot, Colase or other similar substances.

    Dr. Corenman

    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.
    jasbir singh
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    Hello Dr. Corenman my dad have back pain since 1996. First time his right leg started paining and he conselt in india the dr stretched his lag,s and gave him madicenes but he did not get any relef from his pain and now in these days his pain is increases with time. His neck is also started paining and his back is beds in forward direction and his chest is also not expand easily. his treetment was startsd in P.G.I also but they also given him only paincilers now my dad is so tired from this problum so please dr help to my dad. thanks to read it.

    Donald Corenman
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    I’m a 35 year old cardiologist and unfortunatley have a h/o back surgeries. The first was an L5/S1 lami/discectomy on the right in ’97 with immediate relief of symptoms. I did well for over 10 years until ’08 at which time I developed left sided back and leg pain. I underwent an MRI revealing a left sided L5/S1 herniation. The pain distribution was different on the left then the right but I assumed that was due to some degree of asymmetry in my dermatomal distribution. I dealt with the pain conservatively for 3 years (including a couple of epidurals with minimal relief). Finally the pain progressed and I finally had surgery in 6/11 with a left sided L5/S1 microdiscectomy. Since surgery I’ve had ongoing radicular left leg pain though my back pain is significantly improved. I had an epidural in 10/11 with some improvement but now the pain is back. Interestingly the pain distribution now includes the prior area before the surgery but also new areas in my left leg as well. The pain is not as severe as it was before surgery but it is now almost constant and especially when I sleep on either side. Unfortunately due to the constant symptoms and difficulty sleeping, I’m considering a repeat procedure (even “laser spine” surgery for FBSS). Please advise.
    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Donald Corenman
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