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How long does it take for pain to go away after back surgery?
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An_189700 posted:
I'm 32 I had back surgery June 2 2010 I had a microdisectomy and laminectomy the doctor said it was the worst he's ever seen he's been a nuerosurgeon for 30 plus years. I'm still having pain in my back, a few weeks ago at work I got stuck in the bent over postition for 20 minutes I've never had that happen. My left thigh is numb and each day it get number, I have pain in my left foot burning and feels like needles I had pain shoot down my left leg before the surgery but never in my foot and heel and toes. I have 3 bulging discs, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylosis, osteoarthritis, I don't know if my back is hurting from that also. I go back to the nuerosurgeon in 2 weeks. It just seems like the surgery made my back hurt worse. When I tell the doctor he says it can take a year to feel better but it's been almost a year it just feels worse. I don't wanna get out of bed sometimes. Thanks Holly
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bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

You must remember - there is no guarantee that back surgery will cure disc problems OR PAIN - and we all heal differently - one person may experience pain/disc relief in as little as 3 months while others may take up to a year or longer. There are also people who will experience FAILED BACK SURGERY SYNDROME.

I had my back surgery 3 years ago - Anterior Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 - My disc had ruptured (splintered) and I also had Degenerative Disc Disease - so the disc was removed and a plate, screws and cage was put in place.

My surgeon did say he could fix the disc problem but gave no guarantees that it would reduce my pains or nerve issues in my legs. He did fix the disc - I fused 100% but my pains are worse than before the surgery the and the nerve issues were more severe than thought and I now have permanent nerve damage in both legs.

your surgeon was giving you a ballpark figure of healing could take up to a year. It does seem that you are having more issues that could be causing your pains - also most important - after back surgery you should always take it easy until you have gone thru the time-frame given to you - just because we have had back surgery does not mean that we can go back to our regular normal lives. while they hope to stabilize our backs they are more fragile and more vulnerable to injuries. So it is very important to follow the doc's recovery plan established for you with all the do's and don'ts -

It's good that you are seeing your surgeon - he should order an MRI to check and see what is going on with your back. and he will be able to let you know what your options are - not necessarily more surgery but other treatment plans - pain management control, physical therapy/chiropractic care etc

please keep us posted as to what you find out - take care - Joy


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