I am a newbie. I am currently recovering after having an emergency L4-5 diskectomy on 9/2/08. I have suffered the past 10 years with the herniated and degenerative disks in my L4-L5/S1 region. I woke up Friday before Labor Day with horrid pain in my back and numbness in my legs, it scared me and I went to my primary doc as my Chiro was out of town on vacation. Knowing my history, she did not send me to the ER then, she made me wait out the weekend in pain with Tyelnol 3 with codeine only. I returned to her on Tuesday after Labor Day and could barely walk or stand and was in horrible horrible pain and lost complete feeling in my left leg. I was sent to the ER and had "emergency" that Thursday. I am scared as my pain has not subsided in my left leg and neither has the numbness and I am not sleeping very well - maybe 3 or 4 hours most nights ... I have returned to the surgeon once and said I am progressing well and to return to "normal" activities as I feel better - which I have, little by little. SInce I am not sleeping and still have numbness all over the left leg and left foot, I have another follow up appointment on the 17th before I am scheduled to return to work again. I came here to seek *guidance* and *knowledge* from those that have been through this also.
Thank you for listening