Micrdiscectomy all done. (This after 9 weeks of pain and numbness do do L4/L5 disc herniation. The pain got much better after 4 weeks but the left leg weakness and fatigue never got better in 9 weeks and left me with a profound limp.)
Back surgery all done! Went in this morning at 5:30am... was wheeled back to the prep room by 6:30am.... and put out by 7:30am. Quick! Had all my questions answered while they scrubbed my lower back.. put in IVs and gave me some stuff to calm me down (I had started to panic and was throwing pans and instruments around the room... JK). After that point things got a little blurry. I do remember the fluorescent lights moving above me as I rolled down the hallway... and going into the O.R. with many big round lights and a HUGE microscope and a bed shaped like a cross for arms to be held out sideways
That's about it though.
2 hours later I awoke. Groggy.. nurse brought me animal crackers and sprite.. no issues at all with feeling icky or nausea. Loads of pain the first few hours.. but a different kind of pain... NORMAL pain.... not at all the awful weird sciatic nerve pain. WALKED to the car! Slept off and on until now. Already my left leg feels slightly stronger than it has since at any time since Sept 7th when the disc ruptured... should be good in a few weeks, but it will take many months to come back fully.
Dr. Bartie said the spinal area was a mess. Lots of old damage on top of newer damage and the nerve was really being pinched hard.. this would have led to permanent damage soon had I not done surgery. He had to remove some bone and lots of disc material.
Now a couple weeks before I can get back to work. Lots of alternating lying down, brief periods of sitting, and walking (treadmill).. that is the bulk of recovery.
Already ONLY TWELVE hour later I feel, in ways, better than I have in 9 weeks. Amazing. Already have walked 10-15 minutes on the treadmill (2 mins at a time at 1mph)
Now I have heard that the pain can actually INCREASE a few days later a bit.. so I am prepared for that possibility.
I am on 2 Percoset and 2 Vesiril (not sure of spelling I only have generic names on my labels) very 4 hours for these first 2 days.
More soon. I'll document my recovery a bit. I remember how wonderful it was to have other peoples experiences to read in the weeks of research I did while waiting my own surgery.