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Unread 04-25-2008, 02:31 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

Has anyone had there sciatic nerve get all irritated after having hyst. I have had surgery for a herniated disc in my lower back 3 years ago.

The pain had gone away and I've been doing great until just Tuesday I can feel it's the sciatic nerve running from that same disc area and the pain goes down the back of my left leg to just past my knee in the back. It hurts the most when I sit. If I lay down or stand it doesn't really hurt at all.

I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced this and how long it lasted. It's really making things tough since I can't sit so I can't go anywhere I just either lay on my couch or stand up. Sitting in a car is really painful.
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Unread 04-25-2008, 07:18 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

I had EXACTLY the same problem - like you I had a back injury 6 years ago and it flared something fierce about 2 weeks post op - to the point where I was passing out from pain (scary when you live alone!) I had an MRI which showed no disc injury so I was left with facing a chronic pain...I hit PT pretty hard and pushed myself as much as I could at the gym (slow at first as soon as I was cleared by my surgeon - week 4) And after 8 weeks of muscle relaxants, motrin, strength training, PT and daily walks I can honestly say I am about 98% better - I can even make it through my crazy 14 hour shifts in the ICU with very little pain. I will say as soon as I was able to increase my activity I got better - prolonged sitting or lying made it excrutiating(the muscles just get tighter and spasm around the sciatic nerve). Check with your doc - make sure you haven't re-herniated (but even treatment for that involves steady movement) and set up a program of PT (heat and massage treatments were HEAVEN!), exercise. Good luck and hang in there, it takes work because the muscles retreat after abdominal surgery...you can rebuild!!
Trish
40 years old, Robotic assisted TLH BSO, Endometrial Atypia, Adenomyosis
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Unread 04-25-2008, 07:20 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

this sounds really painfull sorry you are going thru this.... do the pain med. aliviate the pain some? have you told your doctor?

really pray that you feel better and that pain goes away soon....
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Unread 04-25-2008, 08:12 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

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Originally Posted by jazzyctrn
I had EXACTLY the same problem - like you I had a back injury 6 years ago and it flared something fierce about 2 weeks post op - to the point where I was passing out from pain (scary when you live alone!) I had an MRI which showed no disc injury so I was left with facing a chronic pain...I hit PT pretty hard and pushed myself as much as I could at the gym (slow at first as soon as I was cleared by my surgeon - week 4) And after 8 weeks of muscle relaxants, motrin, strength training, PT and daily walks I can honestly say I am about 98% better - I can even make it through my crazy 14 hour shifts in the ICU with very little pain. I will say as soon as I was able to increase my activity I got better - prolonged sitting or lying made it excrutiating(the muscles just get tighter and spasm around the sciatic nerve). Check with your doc - make sure you haven't re-herniated (but even treatment for that involves steady movement) and set up a program of PT (heat and massage treatments were HEAVEN!), exercise. Good luck and hang in there, it takes work because the muscles retreat after abdominal surgery...you can rebuild!!
Trish
40 years old, Robotic assisted TLH BSO, Endometrial Atypia, Adenomyosis
Thanks for responding. I wonder what about the surgery makes it flare up like this. It does seem like a flare up and not another herniation. But like you say the treatment is the same really at this point with the pain level that I am at. It started Tuesday and yesterday I started really slow on my exercise bike which has kept my back strong in the past so I'm hoping that will help and then I have been going on my treadmill every day now.

What other exercises did you do to strengthen the muscles back up again? I would think abdominal exercises would really help too I was doing those before my surgery. I'll have to call my surgeon who did my hysterectomy and ask him if I can do ab exercises yet.

He cleared me for my exercise bike at 4 weeks but I don't know what else I am allowed to do at this point and he said I didn't need to come back for a 6 week check since I was doing so well. Well that was at 2 weeks and it's not going so well now.

Taking ibuprofen helps but I still can't sit without quite a bit of pain even with that so I am avoiding sitting. At least if I lay down or stand it doesn't hurt. I just hope it doesn't get any worse. I'll call my doctor Monday and see what exercises I can do at this point in my recovery.

I think I'll just see if it gets any worse. If it does then I'll call my spine surgeon and get in for an MRI to see what's going on in there. But until then I'll just call my hyst doctor and see what exercises I can do and work on building back up again like you say. That really is the key. Just getting this inflammation to go down would be nice too. That probably just takes time and lots of ibuprofen.
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Unread 04-25-2008, 08:30 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

Really a couple of things contribute...positioning on the OR table, and deconditioning of ab muscles - your back ends up doing all the work - even people without a history of back injury get low back pain after abdominal surgery (I can say this with certainty as I am a Nurse Practitioner who works in surgery). Even isometric exercises can help - posture, lying on your back and contracting/releasing your ab muscles...try to focus on keeping your torso and core muscles engaged and think of them supporting your body ALL the time. I found from the earliest time on the elliptical trainer was the best - I couldn't even sit on a bike, but the low impact and upright posture on the elliptical was very comfortable...and works your core too! My Physical Theapist spent a lot of time focusing on leg stretches and lower back stretches - I do them every day when I first get up - the worst time for me...
Check with your doc and see if he can get you into a PT program, they can work with you and provide a safe post-op program.
Good luck
Trish
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Unread 04-28-2008, 04:09 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

Well I have an appointment tomorrow with my GP. I'm going to see if she'll set me up for an MRI to make sure about what's going on in there. It's definately the disc area causing the problem and my left back of my thigh is now spasming with pain when I try to walk. I also still am having problems sitting. It seems to be getting worse not better.

I hope it's just an inflammation problem and not another herniation I don't think I could deal with that again after having the surgery just 3 years ago for the disc. This back stuff scares me way more then the hysterectomy did. At least with a hysterectomy I know I'm going to heal and be done with the pain.
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Unread 04-28-2008, 04:19 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

Hopefully it will just be irritation...but even if it is herniation there are many non-surgical management options...I didn't have surgery for mine and it resolved (with a lot of hard work and patience!)

Good luck with your GP visit and I hope it all works out for you!
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Unread 04-28-2008, 04:44 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

Yeah mine isn't bad enough yet for surgery. When I did have surgery I had severe nerve compression and the herniation was cutting off the signal to my leg and I lost the use of my left calf. I couldn't flex that muscle it was so bad. As soon as I got up the first time after surgery I could use the calf again already. So it's not as extreme as that was but it sure hurts.

Did they ever give you prednisone? The doctor I am going to tomorrow gave me a form of it methylprednisolone which is stronger then prednisone and got rid of severe pain for me within a couple days. It's a 6 day treatment. I'm thinking they won't be able to give it to me this time though because it might interfere with the healing of my hysterectomy. I'm not sure though.
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Unread 04-28-2008, 05:28 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

Wow! I can't believe there are others out there that are going thru the same thing I have been dealing with for 8 months. I had surgery in Aug 07. I have been having severe back issues since about 4-6 weeks. Lower back, down left leg and causing toes to tingle. I had surgery for scoliosis 32 years ago and have had backaches from overexerting myself but not with just walking. I have not been able to get over this. In the beginning it was just aches in different areas of my back and everyone said get your core strengthened back up...did that with trainer and physical therapist. Kept adjusting hormones cause I heard they can cause muscle & joint aches and pains. Nothing has helped! Even my orthopedic thought it was ab muscles. So here I am, I go for a bone scan tomorrow and a myleogram next week. I don't know what has happened to me. I pray that these test will tell us something. Every joint in my body cracks! Even my spine. Never did this before surgery. I really don't know if this is related to hyster or all just a coincidence. My ortho said that lack of hormones can cause all kinds of things to flare up in your body. He told me to also have my thyroid check on top of the test he is doing. Well hopefully you will find answers. Never dreamed there would be other problems to deal with after hyster. Need a BREAK!!!
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Unread 04-29-2008, 12:19 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

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Originally Posted by srphil
Wow! I can't believe there are others out there that are going thru the same thing I have been dealing with for 8 months. I had surgery in Aug 07. I have been having severe back issues since about 4-6 weeks. Lower back, down left leg and causing toes to tingle. I had surgery for scoliosis 32 years ago and have had backaches from overexerting myself but not with just walking. I have not been able to get over this. In the beginning it was just aches in different areas of my back and everyone said get your core strengthened back up...did that with trainer and physical therapist. Kept adjusting hormones cause I heard they can cause muscle & joint aches and pains. Nothing has helped! Even my orthopedic thought it was ab muscles. So here I am, I go for a bone scan tomorrow and a myleogram next week. I don't know what has happened to me. I pray that these test will tell us something. Every joint in my body cracks! Even my spine. Never did this before surgery. I really don't know if this is related to hyster or all just a coincidence. My ortho said that lack of hormones can cause all kinds of things to flare up in your body. He told me to also have my thyroid check on top of the test he is doing. Well hopefully you will find answers. Never dreamed there would be other problems to deal with after hyster. Need a BREAK!!!

I hope they find answers for you. I'm going in for an MRI tomorrow at 12:30. My doctor prescribed Ultram which is a good nerve pain pain med that's worked good for me in the past and prednisone. The prednisone has worked like a miracle for me in the past so I'm glad to be getting that. I'm waiting for my husband to come back with my prescriptions.
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