I stumbled across this site as I'm having surgery on two levels of my lumbar spine in January and would really appreciate as much help or advice anyone can offer.
Here is a little about my background. I am a 25 year old English female and used to do a lot of running in my teens. My injuries began with a stress fracture in my foot followed by a tear in my knee cartilage which was operated on 4 years ago. Most of pain at the moment is in my legs which constantly ache and feel tight and stiff. The pain is worse in my left side, where I had the operation on my knee. I also have a huge muscle knot in my left calf which regularly cramps and spasms, the pain in my left also extends to my hip and occasionly my neck. No matter how much stretching I do my legs always hurt, which I have been told is down to nerve damage stemming from my back where I have a numb pain. I have had years of pysio but nothing has helped my pain which has got gradually worse.
A recent discogram revelaed I have spondylosis of the lower vertebrae and am having surgery to fuse one level and replace the disc on another level.
I'm sure there are lots of you out there who have had this treatment, has anyone had simillar muscle tightness and numbness and was this resolved after surgery? My surgeon said that I should be able to go back to work after 6-8 weeks - what kind of recovery and pain should I expect?
Should I also expect further operations down the line?