I didn't expect to be here. Guess nobody does eh?
I just had lithotripsy for kidney stone 6 weeks ago and continued with back pain. The urologist said everything was clear now, so I must have strained my back. On to neuro where I had the MRI that confirmed a herniated disk to L3-4.
Of course I was shocked, but by this time I knew something was terribly wrong and progressing very quickly. I started out with pain to my left side (the same side as kidney stone), then on down leg with numbness and weakness, severe pain to the knee. I could not sleep for extreme pain.
The first thing the neuro said was surgery (microdisectomy). I agreed that day and had surgery 3 days later (yesterday). I was so afraid that I would damage the nerve more if I waited since it seemed to only get worse day by day.
So now, I'm reading all these posts after the fact and getting more anxious with each one. The doc seemed so assured that I would be better. Told me that if I had to have a herniated disk, that I couldn't have chosen a better place to have it. I guess I was just not expecting a surgery option the first thing. I was really going in expecting to hear that with time, and perhaps PT or something everything would be fine.
So today, the knee pain has almost vanished. I still have some numbness and weakness and a bit of pain if I stand or walk too much. I wasn't exactly sure what was expected of me....how much to walk, ect..so I called the nurse today who told me the Dr expected that I should walk up to 2 miles by the time I see him again for my post-op in 2 weeks.
Huh? Why didn't someone tell me this before? So I walked a bit today, but I really am still unsure how much to push myself.
I am extremely frightened that I am not sitting right, that I am not lying right, or doing anything right for that matter.
My back is sore, achy but really not as bad as I had imagined it would be. I guess what I'm trying to say/ask is what should I do so that I don't reinjure myself?
I'm sorry to go on and on....but I'm sure you all have BTDT and may have some suggestions for me. Thanks so much!