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It sounds like your symptoms are substantially increased since surgery. Are these symptoms worse than before surgery? The oral steroid was a good idea but with no substantial relief, a new MRI with gadolinium should be considered. PT can be started within 2 weeks but your symptoms seem to be intolerable. You could have something like a seroma that can be aspirated but you might have a recurrent disc herniation. Time for a new MRI.
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.