Well today I am officially 4 weeks post op L4/L5 open discectomy. I figured I'd just throw an update on here because this board can use more good stories posted
. I am 2 weeks into physical therapy and it is also going very well. I push myself further everyday, but still within my boundaries. I stay religious with no bending or twisting and log rolling off the bed and table.
Symptoms WERE: severe leg pain, numbness and drop foot on the right side.
A fragment half the size of a pinky finger was removed. I was walking same day and released the next morning. 5 Days out I was walking half miles easily. 2 weeks out I was walking a mile at least until I started PT. My incision was completely healed after 1 week.
PT consists of a lot of core stabilization workouts such as planks, bridges and 1 legged bridges, ab workouts (not situps)and a good amount of him stretching me which is the most painful but it needs to be done. Seated Rows with rubber bands and rubber band work on my drop foot.
ANYWAY, here I am 4 weeks post op. Back in school, driving and going about my daily business. I've worked myself up to getting on the elliptical, pullups, swimming and doing at least 50 pushups a day. (note theres no bending or twisting!) I still get intermittent numbness and my foot is only about 75% (toes coming up, or walking on heel). By the end of my workout days my right leg is SORE as hell, but I recognize the difference between soreness and INJURY pain. Soreness is nagging, the pain of the herniation made me wanna drive off a bridge (haha jk). So last night for instance, I took 4 advil and laid in bed. Soreness went away and today I feel great. I find myself constantly reminding myself to take it slow and listen to my body and its working out thus far. I do not want to jynx myself, but so far I'm doing well and I refuse to take any other outcome than that
I am 23 and athletic and was so before my surgery and I think that helps me a lot. It is just testimony to why its so important to always keep in shape. Its also important to push yourself, but KNOW YOUR LIMITS. You cant lay in bed all day and expect the pain to go away just from that.. nor can you try to run marathons right after surgery. Hopefully this can put others in the right frame of mind if you are just about to get a surgery similar to mine or you are recovering similar to me.
Thanks and Good luck!