I had surgery on Monday to remove the fragments of L5 disc that had broken off. It was pinching S1 and S2. I did not take any pain killers or muscle relaxants today but I still feel groggy. I admit that I've mostly been lying around. Is this normal to still feel "out of it" four days later?
Also, when they went in to do the surgery, they found that a lot more disc had broken off since the MRI which means that there is very little disc left. Is there anyone out there with very little disc left who did not need additional surgery and who isn't in a lot of pain? Or is it pretty much a given that I will need additional surgery in the future (I am 43 years old). Also, has anyone had a "fake" disc put in, in their lower back? My doctor said that they typically only use those in the upper back since there are still a lot of complications from putting them in the lower back.