Came across this site today as preparing for my follow-up visit with surgeon tomorrow. 9 days post-op of micro lumbar diskectomoy for herniation between L4-L5.
Been dealing with back pain for almost 2 yrs following car accident. Should have had surgery long time ago but fear kept me back. Gone through physical therapy, pain meds, and many rounds of steroids. Finally gave in and i am recovering well from the surgery itself, but after 24 hrs of being home was back in horrible pain that nearly immobilizes me. I am back on steroids again :''( They make me crazy and i feel so discouraged as i thought after having the surgery i would be finished with that type of treatment. Surgeon told my family there
was a terrible amount of inflammation on that nerve. Could take a long time for pain to go away and said it could be permanent. I am so discouraged and wonder how to manage this pain now.
I also have a bulging disc between L3-L4,which he decided not to touch. He felt like the herniation was the problem. Also, have degenerative disc in the cervical area.
I have joined this site looking for support. I feel my family and friends are tired of hearing about it. I understand as sometimes i am exhausted from it. This has consumed my life for too long. My whole life style has changed, and i guess i thought that once i had the surgery that all would be well. I am so discouraged and really dont know how to manage the pain. I cannot keep taking steroids and so far the pain meds alone wont touch it.
thanks for listening!