Thanks doctor I hadn’t read anything about that. Two questions 1) would you say it’s a very common occurrence on the opposite side of the surgery for this to occur (mine was left but feeling it on the right) 2) what kind of time frame would you say it takes for the “disc settling”? Days? Weeks? Months? In general
Disc “settling” takes weeks to months to readjust. That’s why I send patients to PT for 6 weeks after a microdiscectomy.
It is unusual to have pain on the opposite side after surgery but it is not unknown.
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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.