I had a microdiscectomy on 3/2/12. It was at L5S1 and a piece had broken off and lodged into the nerve. I had weakness, numbness, and extreme pain in my left leg and foot. It has been 7 months and I have recovered most of my leg functionality, but I still take neurontin to ease the pain. I am more concerned about the pain in my lower back. It is a chronic pain on the right side (my incision is on the left) and includes the right buttock. There was never pain there before about 2 months ago, then I could do some stretches and exercises to help eliminate it, but now it is constant and doesn't respond to anything but Advil. I have a doctor's follow-up next week, but I am looking for some support. Has anyone recovered from a similar injury and is it "normal" for new pain to form throughout recovery?
Also, about the same time I noticed the pain on the right getting worse, I also started having periodic muscle spasms at night. Basically my entire left leg contracts involuntarily. Usually it is brought on if I try to flip myself over by digging my heel into the mattress, but sometimes it happens for no reason. It will also twitch all over without pain. Has anyone else had that issue and is it my back or a side effect of the neurontin?
I guess the good news is that I have improved steadily in the last 7 months except for that pain. I also take a very low dose of neurontin so that's promising as well. Just wish I could get back to my normal activities.View Thread
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