So, I had my appointment with my neurosurgeon today. He went over my MRI imaging with me on the computer there, and while I was expecting some unpleasant news, it was a bit worse than I expected. I've had a couple trips the ER in the last few weeks, and even with high-dose vicodin I'm still in some bad pain between doses. But, back to the MRI...
After reading the report myself (which I always do after any imaging), the results seemed pretty disheartening but nothing screamed "surgery!" about the words on the page. But after hearing the NS tell me I have a serious and severe case, he took me in to view the images first hand. The disc was completely blown out, so much so that there was less than a mm of tissue keeping my L5 and S1 vertebra from touching. The disc was also completely dehydrated. Then they panned to the side, and it looked as if my vertebra were almost lit up, the image was so bright/white. Apparently this is a sign of edema, which he was quick to point out to me was quite prevalent. So, that's just some background on what I appear to have going on...
My questions are about what some of you may have experienced in terms of time until you can get up and at least make your way around the house. How long did you spend lying down? What kind of pain did you experience after you went home? With the pain meds, is it any worse than the pre-surgery pain? I have a hard time imagining what the pain is like in comparison.
Some possibly important information:
I'm 30 years old (male)
I'm 5'11", 200lbs. (a bit overweight I believe)