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Posted in: Back pain, and Chronic pain.

L5 S1 Discectomy/ Pain again?

Started by Bern on 04/04/2011 10:38pm

I had a Discectomy in May 2010 of L5 S1. My recovery was a piece of cake and I returned back to work 3 weeks after surgery without my Surgeons knowledge. I’m not the type of person to sit still so 3 weeks felt like a life time for me. I lived with back issues for 14 yrs and found success with root sleeve injections every 2 or 3 yrs, Till last April 2010.
I was gardening I was unable to stand up and started to notice bowel and bladder problems.

Still in denial that it was anything major I waited 3 weeks before I seen my doctor who had me under the knife in 2 days after seeing my MRI.

But about 3 weeks ago I tripped and twisted the wrong way or something and I’m having so much pain again. My leg is fine and no throbbing, Just Chronic soreness and I find myself having to balance myself a certain way to avoid a shock through my body, What is the likely hood of herniating the same discs? I thought that once the herniation was removed then it normally wouldn’t happen again.

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I am so sorry that you're going through this. I know it must be really scary after what you just went through.

I haven't had the surgery myself, but my neurosurgeon has recommended a microsdiscectomy of L5-S1. When I asked about reherniation, he said that if you have the surgery within 6 months of injury, then you have a 90% to 95% chance of NOT reherniating. But, everybody I have ever met who had the surgery has had a reherniation.

It is my understanding that when they do the surgery, they remove the pulpy matter that comes out of the disc, but they cannot repair the tear in the disc. It's the pulpy stuff that presses on the nerves and narrows the spinal column.

So, if you have a hole in your disc, however big, there is always the chance of reherniating.

I'm sorry, and I really hope this isn't the case with you. I hope you will see your doctor soon and get an MRI to find out exactly what's going on.

Take care and bright blessings!