I was diagnosed with L5S1 since December 2008.
My first physician prescribed some medications and advised that once the pain and numbness in my left leg will still exist after 7 days of taking medicines then I will undergo "spine surgery". I wasn't ready mentally and financially as I discovered that our Insurance doesn't cover this type of surgery as they said its pre-existing condition.
I tried alternative treatment liked acupuncture and chiropractor massage but it didn't help. I've been coming back and forth to the hospital for consultations and injections while continuously taking medicines like Methocarbamol, Indomethacin and Acetaminophen. Pain disappeared for 1-2 weeks after taking the medications and after a month it returned again.
I planned of taking vacation leave this coming October 2009 and do the surgery in Philippines for it is cheaper and safer as I believed. I've searched and asked for quotations for the "spine surgery procedure" from some Neurosurgeon in Manila, Philippines; however last June 2009 I felt that the pain is already intolerable and I couldn't get up from the bed, the worst pain I felt.
I went to see Neurosurgeon, EDITED Dubai, UAE and after telling him about my illness, he explained to us everything especially the advantages of having the surgery, the "Microdiscectomy Lumbar Surgery". That same day, my husband and I agreed that I will undergo the said surgery after two days only so I can get ready and prepare myself.
On July 2, 2009, I underwent "Microdiscectomy Surgery". With the help of the general anesthesia and a well-experienced Neurosurgeon the procedure took almost 2 hours and I didn't feel any pain at all. From the operating and recovery room they transferred me to the ICU for less than 24 hours then lately in my own room.
On the same day, I got up in bed and started walking in the hospital hallway as sort of exercise and I got discharged a day after.
In less than a week I didn't feel any pain even in the incision area. Sometimes there is numbness but only for few minutes. I started doing some light household chores and I am now happily doing my physical therapy and getting ready of coming back to work this August.
Based on my experienced, taking medicines for lower back pain e.g. L5S1 can only reduce the pain for few days but it will come back again and again while doing Microdiscectomy Surgery will be a little bit painful in the beginning but it will help eradicate the pain and numbness in legs for a long time.
Trust your Neurosurgeon and help yourself for speedy recovery.
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