I have been off work 10 months with back problems. I did the usual xray, mri, pt, injections and nothing worked. I couldn't sit, stand, stoop or hardly walk. THe pain progressed to the point I was unable to move my left foot and did not have good circulation. The doctor said the MRI showed a herniation at the l4 an l5. He suggested a Microdisectomy Laminectomy.
I have been fighting with workers comp and my employer ever since I got hurt. Once I decided to have surgery, I found out that I was unable to have it due to my private insurance refusing to pay for it since there was a pending case and workers comp would not pay either because my boss kept apealing. I won twice and my boss won the last rounds. That sucked! However, due to the denal, my insurance finally paid for the surgery.
In March 2011, I finally had my surgery. Immediately after surgery, I could finally move my foot after months of not being able to! I have been home just over a week. I am still having pain in my foot, leg, groin and both sides of my back. I can certainly tell a huge difference when I am not taking the pain meds (Vicoden 750 every 4-6 hours). The doctor said this might take some time for the nerve to heal since it was compressed for so long. I have been trying to walk as much as I can, however, it is not very far right now (bed to couch etc).
I just wanted to see if anyone else has had this surgery and had a faborable outcome? What can I expect? What do I need to NOT do to quickly? Any other suggestions?