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Just had my discotomy yesterday

MeeshaMMeesha Posts: 55
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I just had my surgery yesterday, and so far feeling great. But I'm glad I've read these forums a lot, and know to take it easy. I felt some leg pain last night after sleeping on the same side for so long, but switched to my back and was better. Other than that the leg and buttocks pain is gone (for now).
I've only taken 1 percocet today and 1 last night. The incision is just sore, but not an acute pain. I don't think I want to mask the pain completely, so I make sure to take care. They said the anaesthetic in that area would be there for 8-10 hours only.
I don't know how much walking I should do though, but I have to try to walk more I guess. I didn't get to talk to my surgeon since the surgery - I hope to get in touch with him soon. How much walking have others been able to do? I don't want scar tissue forming from too much inactivity.
discectomy in June 2010 - success! No sciatic pain, just some remaining numbness in foot. And I get charlie horses a lot.


  • Welcome to the other side. For the next few days do what feels good. Keep up on the meds because you need to rest to heal. Walking around the house every so often is a great idea again if it feels good.

    Talk to the doctors PA or nurse. If there are no restrictions on your discharge paper you are good to go.
  • Hey there...congrats on getting through the surgery.
    I'm like you, I tried to keep meds to minimum. Luckily with the 2nd surgery I was able to very easily.

    I think you can ask your doctor or PA about how much to walk.

    The only things I learned was that the bed (lying on your back with a pillow under your knees; or on your side with a pillow b/t your needs) was much better for the lumbar than a recliner. Aside from that, drink water b/c it helps things "move" in your digestive system as does the short 10 min walks every 1-2 hours. And I'm guessing you know not to sit for too long...I used to save "sitting" for my meals.

    Keep us updated on your progress. Sounds like you are doing good.
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