I had a l4/l5 discectomy just over 3 weeks ago. I was at a birthday party with my 40 pound 5 year old (with many other 5 year olds) at a bowling alley. Long story short, she was goofing off, the balls were coming out of the ball return, and i ran up, grabbed her and pulled her away. I probably moved her 4-5 feet in a slight twisting motion.
I did NOT feel any nerve pain when I did this, in fact I didn't really feel anything bad immediately. A sign that I didn't screw things up badly?
Over the next few hours the muscles got tighter and a little painful, but nothing horrible. I went home, iced, took anti-inflams and rested, felt pretty good.
Woke up this morning and not feeling horrible, but some of the reminders of nerve pain are back. Quick twinge or burn in the hip or calf, lil ankle weirdness - then it's gone for a bit. I am hoping this is muscle soreness/swelling and causing the minimal nerve pains that I feel.
I wanted to find out if people out there who have re-done damage to their disc or back can look at my story and see if they think I am going to go downhill from here as if I re herniated the disc. I don't think the disc issues are back, as I can do an ab crunch and not feel it down my leg - but things are definitely not the same since I did the lift yesterday.
Am I just getting a "you did too much" next-day warning and in a few days I should expect it to subside? Is this the beginning symptoms of all the sciatic pain coming back?
Anyone do something similar?
Ps - I know the only way to find out is to see the doctor, get an mri, etc, everyone is different. I understand that but am just sending out a feeler to get an idea how I should know for sure when to see a doc.