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After L5-S1 surgery
Hello. I had L5-S1 lumber herniated disc surgery in July 2014. But now I feel little bit pain or irritation in my root nerve. What is the solution or precautions needed. Or should I need MRI ? Is this issue cause permanent damage ?
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I would advise you to meet your treating doctor and get examined, you may require an MRI to find if there's any underlying problem which will be dependent after the examination findings. The precautions you'd require are: - Shifting positions frequently and avoiding long periods standing, sitting, or lying down are good strategies. Short walks, along with gradually increasing other activities, are helpful, but should be stopped if the pain increases dramatically. - Avoid bending, lifting heavy objects, and twisting the body. - Walking is the ideal form of exercise. Not only does it increase muscle strength, it helps the heart, lungs, and digestive system. Gradually increasing the amount of walking, and stopping when there is added pain, is the best approach. Swimming is also an ideal exercise to strengthen the back. - Visit your physiotherapist and learn exercises specific for your back and do those exercises. It takes upto 8-12 months post surgery for it to fully heal. If the pain persists or worsens visit your treating doctor at the earliest
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If condition persists or worsens visit the ER at the earliest
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Mild aches and pain after spine surgery is not uncommon. Do regular exercise and walking to keep your back healthy. If pain gets severe or you have severe heaviness and numbness or severe pain of leg then consult spine specialist otherwise take it easy
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Do back muscles strengthening exercises , avoid front bending and weight lifting, if pain persistent consult orthopedic surgeon
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