Not sure I'm doing this in the right place but wanted to introduce myself.
I had an L5-S1 right microdiscectomy on 3-25-10 after MRI on 3/17 showed large disc extrusion and swollen nerve roots. Unlike most of you, I was in excruciating pain in my butt and down my leg for "only" 5 days prior to that with no known injury. 2-3wks before that, I had pain in the same place--but not quite as severe--that resolved after 2ish weeks except for limping.
I had never seen a chiropractor so went that route at first and was told I had the "worst piriformis muscle" he had ever felt. When things didn't improve after 2 days (he felt that stretches and adjustments and heat should relieve the pain and very much discouraged any type of OTC pain relief!), I went to an orthopaedic surgeon who scheduled me for surgery the next week. He said that I was way past the place where ESI would help.
I must be a wimp. I cannot believe how some of you last months or years with this kind of pain! I could not find ANY position of comfort for those weeks and nearly wanted to die!
Anyway, I woke up with complete relief from my butt and leg pain:) I am now almost one week post-op and have tenderness and a pulling feeling at my incision site, and worry about this meaning I am not healing well or am opening my incision. I have a follow-up appt next week.
Although no pain in my leg, I do not some tightening of my calf muscle when I take short walks, and this results in some limping, like I'm not walking straight or right. Will keep walking short distances and hope this is just residual tightening from the muscles being contracted before surgery.
I was not offered any PT or stretches to do--just ice and pain meds the first couple days.
I guess I'm wondering if this sounds normal or if I should be doing anything different...
Wow! That was a long intro. Sorry I got so long-winded:)