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Question Regarding Post OP Disc Decompression..
« on: September 27, 2010, 09:37:38 AM »

I am new to this forum.. I was reading a rather old thread about the same thing that I am going through right now and figured I would make an account.

I had a L5 S1 Nerve Root Decompression surgery about 5 weeks ago.. My discs were herniated so bad that I could barely walk because of nerve pain shooting down my left leg and turning my foot/lower leg numb.

I was told that this surgery was what I needed.. so I had the surgery.

Here comes the problem.. when the surgery was first over my pain was about 10 fold... it was really bad. It has gotten a little better each week since the surgery.. but I would honestly say that I am still about twice as bad as I was before the surgery.

My question is this.. what are my options from here.. I don't want to end up in pain management and addicted to opioids for the rest of my life (I have been on Percocet for almost 5 months now.. so I am on my way to that already).

Should I continue to see the surgeon that did the procedure one me?? I have a feeling that he is going to offer me another surgery next time I go see him and I just don't know if I should go that route or not..

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Question Regarding Post OP Disc Decompression..
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 04:12:18 PM »
Sounds like a good time to run a mile from the surgeon but where to run to is the question I know.

What has happened is the surgery only worked on the symptom and not the cause, that is what doctors do. I would bet you have a unbalanced pelvis and that is where the pressure on your lower vertebrae comes from. It can get worse after surgery because it weakens the area.

Probably 50% of people who have surgery end up no better or even worse and to me it is an indication you need to change track and start trying to tackle the cause of the problem before they do so much irrepairable damage to your spine you WILL end up living on the drugs as you fear.

Not sure hwere you are located but try and see and SLM therapist who will sort out the pelvis and pressure for you or alternatively gy self treatment program and with the help of deep tissue massage do it yourself.

Good luck,


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