I haven't checked in here for a while, mostly because I have felt so good so often that I haven't gone looking for help from others much. I vow to get on here more often to help others and answer some of the questions they have.
Back to me and my recovery... I had a l4/l5 discectomy in March of 2009 (10.5 months ago). Immediate relief, then got the "it's been 2 weeks, the steroids have worn off" pains return, gradually they got better. Off and on flare ups, often wondering if I reherniated the disc, couple of medrol packs, etc.
So here I am, in the middle of a bad flare up this week. Normally I can trace it back to something (fender bender, lifting a suitcase, etc) but this week I haven't done that much, just sitting a lot. 2 weeks ago I went from coast to coast, sat in mtgs all day for 4 days, and had no issues. This week - I have the nerve irritation pain from hip to foot. The good thing about all the flare ups is "I know it'll pass."
I had an MRI in Nov to make sure the herniation hasn't returned, it hadn't, here were the findings:
"LEFT HEMILANINECTOMY AT L4-L5 WITH NO RESIDUAL OR RECURRENT HERNIATION. DISC DEGERATION AND MILD BULGES AT L4-L5 AND L5-S1 LEVELS. DISC HERNIATION SEEN IN THE PREVIOUS EXAMINATION, NOT APPARENT IN THE PRESENT EXAMINATION"
All I had to see was "no recurring herniation" to get syched. Then I knew that my issues were either muscular, scar tissue irritation, or something that can possibly be helped or temporary.
I wanted to ask others who have gone through this, how do you tend to deal with flare ups? Can you attribute it to anything in particular? My doc thinks my tight piriformis is the reason I still get pain similar to before, and since I sit a lot he may be right - but you cant stop sitting doc
SO far I have used aleve/ibuprofen and flexeril for flare ups. I do not need any medication when not having a flare up. The flare ups last 2-10 days typically.
Anyone out there found ways to prevent or diminish flare ups? That pesky nerve doesn't seem to even want to go into permanent hibernation