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2 Months post-op lumbar microdiscectomy

sdv3ssdv3 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Back on October 25th, I herniated my L5-S1 while riding my bike. The sciatic pain was horrible only a few days later, after the feeling of my back being completely snapped in half went away. A month or two later, I got an epidural injection, which was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. The injection helped a little but I refuse to settle for living with any unnecessary pain at all. I was still having burning sensations on the side of my knee and ankle.

I was scheduled for surgery February 2nd and it was a "success" according to the surgeon. I only felt pain while switching positions in bed for a few days, until the steroids wore off. I've been having pain every day since then. I've been through 3 medrol packs, neurontin, and too much vicodin. I use ice almost every day and haven't lifted anything heavy since the operation.

I requested a MRI a month ago to take to the surgeon for my follow-up appt. He said there is a slight bulge, but nothing nearly as bad as my first herniation. That was 3 weeks ago and I feel the pain has gotten slightly worse than before.

I've been trying to ignore the fact that I can't ride my bike (my main hobby), work on my car, drive my car on most days( I drive a manual transmission), but I can't anymore. I'm dying from depression and hopelessness. I've hearda lot of success stories, but even more horror stories from this surgery or "situation"

I don't really know what the point of this thread is, other than me venting and being a baby....but comment or ask as many questions as you'd like.

I am a male who just turned 22, if that matters.

thanks everyone!


  • I haven't had my surgery yet, but will be joining you on that path soon on May 2nd.

    I had a minor cycling accident last July that resulted in my L5 herniation.

    Again, you're a few paces ahead of me and our procedures are a bit different. Mine (unless my surgeon changes his mind on me) will be open and not micro so I don't know how much of a difference that makes in recovery times but I was advised that it would be at least 6 + months before I "begin to feel like myself" (whatever that means at this point) and that I will always have a certain amount of back pain. My surgeon's goal is to remove the nerve irritation which is causing the leg symptoms.

    He does, however, feel that in the future - though certainly not this year and perhaps not next year (we have very short summer seasons up here) that I have a chance to be able to return to cycling. For a while I thought I could give it up but as the ice and snow is melting now, it's really bothering me. I really want to be out there.

    I certainly don't have much in the way of advice, but I can simply say that you're not alone.
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