I was just curious if others could provide some prospective concerning L5-S1 level micro-disc post op. The choice was straightforward for me to have the surgery, very large fragment causing S1 innervation pain, numbness, and inability to plantar flex (approx. 70% compromised). Never had any issues prior, but prior MRI for periodic back spasms prior revealed bulges at L4-L5 as well as the L5-S1 (that ultimately ruptured getting out of car on a long trip). So, I guess I knew it was coming (when it did happen I had the surgery within 2 weeks of the rupture), anyway, my 4 week post-op visit was encouraging. NS gave me an A- rating and it appears as though SOME of the numbness has dimished in my left foot (sole & outer edge), the foot pain has dimished more noticeably on the ball of my foot, and the leg pain is mostly absent.
I am just shy of 6 weeks post op, I walk 3-6 miles (break it up) per day, somedays longer, and commit to some light physical duties around the house w/in reason per NS advice. My concern: I still have intermittent S1 nerve related pain (scale 1-2/10) around hamstring and/or calf that appears after walking or moving about. The left foot pain is minimal some days, then other days it comes back a bit more. Understanding we all heal at different rates, Is this somewhat typical of a healing process? It does not bother me to sit or lie down. I certainly does not bother me to walk, even at a brisk pace....but when STANDING STILL, I have to lift my foot up or move about to ease the pain...almost indicative of inflammatory pain being tempered by blood flow movement. Can anybody relate? Also, my NS said this intermittent dull achy pain would subside at the 3-4 month mark post surgery. Any others that could testify to this?
Thank you in advance