2 weeks post-op of disc replacement at L4-L5, disc fusion at L5-S1. I have degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and major nerve damage in both legs to the point that I couldn't walk or drive. I decided to have surgery because I have 3 children and refused to let life pass me by.
Surgery was the scariest thing I've ever been through, but had a great doctor and support from friends and family. The surgery was five hours and I spent three days in the hospital. They had me walking the day after surgery and was going up and down stairs the day before I left the hospital. I have some numbness in my lower belly where they went through and numbness on the outside of the left leg to the knee. I have localized pain in the lower back that feels more of an ache than that stabbing pain that radiated to the legs. THANK GOD!!!I get the occasional pain in right leg that runs from my knee to the foot but usually goes away once I move around. Doctor says that was just working out the kinks known. I am walking around the house and walking three times a day for distance. Have to be able to walk a mile by my next appointment in July.
For anyone out there that is contemplating surgery, make sure that you exhaust every treatment out there before you decide to have surgery. Get yourself a great surgeon and don't say what if, you'll drive yourself crazy!! Be positive from the beginning, you doctor will do his job and you need to do yours. After surgery you will be tired, you will have pain, and you will have good days and bad days. Push yourself everyday and tell yourself that you will get stronger and you will have your life back!! I once saw a quote on this forum that I live by everyday, “YOU CAN VISIT PITTY CITY BUT YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LIVE THERE”.