I've been reading this forum for quite some time, but I haven't had the strong need to post until now. I injured my lower back in 12/07. I was able to get by for a few months, but then started the Chiro/Therapy/NSAID's treatment until February of this year. I was at the gym and lifted the wrong way. Pain shot through my entire back and legs. I was on bed rest for a few days until I got my MRI, which showed a severe herniation at the L4/L5. I had my Microdiscectomy on 2/24/09, which helped out a lot. I was out and about within 2 days. I started going back to the gym about 4 weeks later - not lifting anything over 20lbs, and everything was done from a seated position (just as long as my body permitted it). Mainly, I just did cardio to avoid the scar tissue.
Now, I'm almost 5 months post-op, and I've got some serious pain. I've got lower back pain, pain in the upper right buttock, nerve pain in my legs, and foot numbness. Now, I saw the doctor about 4-5 weeks after my surgery and he said the pain I had at that time (pretty much felt like it was a band of pain at my lower back) was all mechanical and it was normal. I started overcompensating while walking, and that gave me severe muscle tension. PT relieved that tension and I thought I was finally on the road to improve!
Today, it hurts to get out of bed. I can't walk for more than a few hundred feet, or stand for longer than a few moments before either (a.) blinding pain from my right buttock down to my calf, or (b.) numbness sets in in my right foot. The numbness is new and was not present before the surgery.
I haven't been back to my doctor yet, because it is tough to see him. Plus, I already used by Short Term Disability from work, and not sure if I could get any additional time if additional surgery needs to be done.
So, I was hoping someone else experienced something like this that could give me advise. I understand that the healing is a long process, but some of these things are starting to worry me to the point where I can't sleep at night. I guess I would like to know if this is normal, or if additional surgery would need to be done.
Thank you in advance for any comments!!