9 months ago I had a microdisectomy on my L5 disc. Before my surgery my sciatic pain was starting to effect my ability to walk properly and was hurting in the mornings. The surgery got rid of this and I can now walk fine. According to a scan in March (3 months post op) the disc had not re-herniated. However, since about 1 month post op I started getting very bad sciatic pain when I sat down. This continues to this day and has got progressively worse. It is greatly effecting my life and mental health. As I am only 20 years old and am about to start University. I am worried for my future job prospects and general happiness as I can’t sit down and I don’t want to lift anything heavy. My surgeon said that during the surgery he saw the nerve and it was very red. He’s a great surgeon but I just want another professional to give me some information or advise
Another MRI with gadolinium (an IV medication that helps with post-operative results) would be the next sensible step. You might have a recurrent herniation, a bone spur causing compression or adhesions at this point. Another opinion is also a good idea.
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