Just wanted to post a 4 month post-op update on my condition. I had my second discectomy-partial laminectomy on 09 November 2009. To say that the past 4 months have been a roller-coaster ride is an understatement. I went from feeling like a new man immediately after surgery to lying in my bed 10 days later wondering if I had failed back syndrome due to inflammation and one REALLY pissed off nerve. I would like to point out that I live in Canada and that my experience is probably quite reflective of the Canadian medical systems's strengths and weaknesses. The positives are that I had one of my province's best ortho-surgeons operate on me (for free) and clear up the mess that was my second go-round with a blown l5-s1 disc. The negative is that the post-op follow up was not as pro-active as I would have liked. What really saved me was my physiotherapist and, more importantly, my decision NOT to repeat my previous mistakes. This time I resolved myself to work through flare-ups and not lose hope and my conviction to exercise/stretching EVERY DAY.
Following my physio's advice to the letter, I have slowly seen my flexibility increase to levels I haven't seen in 20 years. In addition, I have lost over 15 pounds (not that I'm obese, but rather went from overweight and giggly to thinner and firmer). I needed the help of Celebrex and Lyrica for almost 3 months to get me through the rough patches but I need to stress that with the drugs I was able to work through the flare ups. It took me 2 months before I was able to go back to work and then another almost 2 months for my back to get comfortable with spending all day in front of a computer. I walk during lunch breaks and get up regularly to stretch it out.
Today, I am have gone almost 1 week without Celebrex and I have finally started to sleep without the help of doctor prescribed aids. I feel like a knew man. I guess my hope is that all of us on this forum continue the hope that we will someday get better. It's been 10 years since my first foray with a blown disc but I feel better today than I did before. I read how so many of us have problems post-op and how we worry if the first few days/weeks/months might be a harbinger of the future. Keep up the hope everyone. I'm proof that life can get better.
Take good care,