I've been living with pain from herniated discs between L4 & L5 and L5 & S1 for about 2 1/2 years. It seemed to lessen for a while, but recently, the pain and numbness in my right leg has come back, and increased. I've tried everything, rest, pain meds, anitinflamatory meds, Physio, Chiro, Accupuncture, Massage, Walking, injections, nothing helps.
Finally, my Ortho specialist wants to do surgery to remove the herniation between L5 & S1 because it's pressing on the nerve and my leg is getting weaker. Actually, I've been told my muscle is atrophying (sp?)
Anyway, I'll be going for surger in December to remove that disc, and was just wondering what to expect in terms of recovery. What have some of you experienced? (I know everyone's different) But how was the pain after surgery? Were you in bed for a while? Could you take care of yourself, or did you need help? How long were you off work? Did it help a lot in the end?
Anything you can tell me, I would really appreciate hearing! Thanks everyone!!