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"Stiffness" after microd.....anyone else.

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had a microdiscectomy (sp) Nov 07, and while it helped with greatly with the constant pain I feel very "stiff" I'm only 33 and still not 100% sure how I did it. I was knocked down by our puppy by our pool (while holding our baby) and about three months later noticed I was in terrible pain with the sciatica pain etc.Had an MRI with the herniated disc, and upper buldging disc.

I have noticed with certain weather it's worse or different. I take Soma on the evenings it's really bad but I have been taking Advil or Aleve more and more during the day because it's stiff and sore....

Anyone else. I know I won't ever be the same but wonder if anyone else is having a similar experience.

Thanks,

Tabbie
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  • Tabbie,

    How scary to have your puppy bump into you while holding your baby and being near the pool!

    I have muscle tightness, but i am only 5 week Postop after my 2nd microD. I never gave the effect of weather on my pain, but you know this morning, I woke with tightness along the back of my leg. and it is going to rain tonight. I already heard the thunder.

    On the other hand, it could be also the way I sleep during the night. I would call your dr. ,just to be on the safe side.
  • I know, and I think I feel "bad" because I didn't drop the baby but better me than him! He was only like 4 months at the time.

    I know it sounds crazy but I swear the weather has something to do with it. I don't notice as much pain/stiffness in the summer but during the winter it's terrible!

    I may, I've also noticed recently that my right leg twitches at night, just under the arch is where is starts it's like it wants to cramp but doesn't...very odd. I don't know do people still visit their NS after surgery. I've only been back once for wound check....I guess maybe I'll call.

    Thanks again!!

    Tabbie
  • tabbiephillips said:
    I had a microdiscectomy (sp) Nov 07, and while it helped with greatly with the constant pain I feel very "stiff" I'm only 33 and still not 100% sure how I did it. I was knocked down by our puppy by our pool (while holding our baby) and about three months later noticed I was in terrible pain with the sciatica pain etc.Had an MRI with the herniated disc, and upper buldging disc.

    I have noticed with certain weather it's worse or different. I take Soma on the evenings it's really bad but I have been taking Advil or Aleve more and more during the day because it's stiff and sore....

    Anyone else. I know I won't ever be the same but wonder if anyone else is having a similar experience.

    Thanks,

    Tabbie
    Hi Tabbie,
    I have some stiffness at the surgery site and lower, due to arthritis from car accidents. Sadly, I've been told this just gets worse with age (I am 33 as well).
  • I meant to add that acupuncture and chiropractic have been helpful for my stiffness and pain.
  • I think there was a country song that said "too young to feel this damn old". I had an L5-S1 microdiscectomy 6 months ago. It was a success for the most part, except for some scar tissue issues, but I feel the same thing. When I get up in the morning I feel like I am 72 years old instead of 42. My lower back is sooooooo stiff. It does loosen up and get alot better as the day goes on. The funny thing is that I had no lower back pain whatsoever when I had the disc rupture. It was all leg pain. I think that much of the stiffness is probably due to not stretching and bending nearly as much since the injury. This is entirely due to fear of rupturing the disc again, and not knowing what kind of stretching I can or should do.
  • I know that song! Yes I agree, my back is VERY stiff in the morning or any day with more physical activity. I have two small boys and last week tried to jump rope....it was a joke I paid for it for 3 days! I am the same, I don't know that I really went the full route of PT I did it for about 3 months a couple days a week but I don't do the exercises at home. I wonder if they would re-write scripts for PT? Or how that works.

    I to am afraid to do things with the kids because I'm afraid I'll hurt myself. It's sad we just went to Disney World and some rides I had to sit out! I just didn't know what or if anything would happen. They gave me a list of exercises to do. I may have to try starting them up again and see if it helps.

    I, like you am all hunched over in the morning it takes a little bit to stand up correctly without babying my lower back. My back didn't hurt either at the time of injury it was just the sciatica (sp) and the leg pain. It was so bad I couldn't get out of bed or even sleep for that matter. That was gone instantly after surgery but I wondered if anyone still had the same "stiffness/pain" I have.

    Thanks for your post!

    Tabbie
  • That's ironic. We just went to DisneyWorld also, on Spring Break a month ago. I went on all of the roller coasters and other rides with my kids and a couple of them did actually hurt my back. When they went up over little hills really quickly and pulled negative G's. I got over that in a day or two. Driving all the way down to Orlando from Indianapolis wasn't too great either but I survived that too. I should probably go to a physical therapist at least a couple times just to get some exercises that I can do without hurting my disc again. The fear of rerupturing it has subided a little but the hip, hamstring, and calf pain was so bad that I still have it in my head as a protection mechanism against doing something stupid!
  • One of the first things my surgeon mentioned is stiffness that will be a normal part of life. It is terrible to have to live with but really not much that can be done. Exercise and stretching.
    You may want to try taking chondroitin (sp) and omega threes in large amounts. there is a product called MILA that you may want to check out. It is the purest form of omega three's and many other very important minerals and vitamins that bodies really need. All you do is sprinkle the product over anything and everything you eat every day. Very simple and you might be surprise with the results.

    Best of luck,
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