am reading more and more about people reherniating there disc following initial repair.
I just had a mico disectomy at L5-S1 one week ago. Pre-op I was suffering with sciatica on the left, it started as being localized in the buttuck, but over a months time it progressed down my whole leg and the pain got so bad that I could hardly even walk right before my surgery.
Post-op, I had immediate relief. It was amazing how all that pain I had been experiencing was completely gone! I was walking around the unit that night , feeling amazing. Went home in the morning and continued to have zero pain in my leg, I was in heaven. I was told to take it easy, no lifting, minimize bending, and walking was ok. I went for a short walk in my neighborhood, did some light cooking and folded laundry (sitting down in recliner). I felt like I was being careful, but I did notice when I went for my short walk I felt a pull in my back on the way up my block.
Day three I woke up and felt the pain in the buttuck again, I immediately panicked and called my surgeon and he told me it is likely residual swelling and to take it easy, take 800 motrin every 6 hours and if not better in two days to call back. It got progressively worse again and the surgeon then ordered steriods for me. He called me two days after the steriods were started to see how I was doing and they were in fact not helping, He said if the steroids werent making a difference , then inflamation was not the problem and wanted me to get rescanned (MRI).
My scan now shows "probable recurrent or residual left paracentral disc protrusion with mass-effect on the anterior thecal sac and traversing left S1 nerve sleeve.
My surgeon is out of town and will be back in three days.
Does this mean a repeat surgery? And , did I over do it, and cause this