Hi guys, im pretty new to this and have found this site to be fantastic!
Im 25 and underwent a micro disectomy 4 days ago. I suffered a herniated disc for over 2.5 years with periods of up to a year with severe sciatica. I found my sciatica switched sides from time to time, and since starting a job over a year ago where I was sitting most of the day, the pain was worse. Mind you, during those 2.5 years I was not kind to myself. I ran, went to the gym, did pilates and such. The last 4 months have been hell. i stayed away from all of that, and was on Pandene Forte to just to get through the day. I had seen Physios, had remedial massage, exercised etc and had an MRI a year ago. I never went back to the specialist with the results because he was a moron and suggested a injection without even looking at me. One year after the MRI- and knowing the results were severe I still held off from seeing a specialist. I was so scared off from the last one. It was only 4 months ago that I deiced I couldnt stand it any longer and finally decided to see a doctor who then referred me to a neuro surgeon who suggested I would greatly benefit from a L5/S1 micro diseconomy.
I went into hospital 4 days ago. I stayed over night and I was monitored. I have since found that the severe sciatica on my right side is 95% gone. I had terrible bunching in the right glute muscle, which has also gone. Im pretty mobile and walking around. I have been on a few walks and do my core muscle clenches when ever I can. I have been told not to drive for 4 weeks, I can go back to my casual standing up job in 2 weeks, and i can go back to University in a weeks time. I had small niggles, or little flickers of pain in my right side. It worries me, but im told that its normal when the nerves have been pressed for so long. The surgeon told me that there was some bulge on the other side, but he couldnt get to it. In 6 weeks if i have any sciatica on the left side i may need to come back in for a more extensive operation. Fingers crossed. Im really going to take this slow. As i have read many feel so good they do too much. I have learnt this the hard way before and have vowed to myself not to push it too soon.
Any suggestions I would love to hear them. Hopefully my tiny bits of pain is part of the normal healing process.