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I had a microdiscectomy

Elley1994EElley1994 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a microdiscectomy on may 24th 2011 at rush university hospital in Chicago. My pain was intense over the past year. I had done physical therapy, chiro, acupuncture, cortizone injections and taken antiinflammitories and muscle relaxers. Nothing helped. I went to an orthopedic surgeon who did my MRI and suggested I get the surgery. I went to a pain specialist who recommended that I get the surgery as well. I saw a neurosurgeon for a 3rd opinion. Needless to say I got the surgery. The pain in my hips, leg and butt started when I was 6 months pregnant. I am 30 years old.

same day post op- slept the whole day went in for surgery at 7 am and was. Home by 2pm.

1 day post op. I slept most of the day and then I went to old navy shopping, tried on some clothes, went to the gym and walked three laps and went to Costco to get juice. Costco turned out to be overdoing it. I went home and rested and slept.

Two days post op. I Went to the gym and walked 4 laps. Later in the day walked around my block twice.

I cannot pick up my daughter for 6 weeks. She's 11 months old so this is heartbreaking for me.

I'm swollen in the back. My left foot is numb like it's asleep. My left arm a little too but it's starting to go away. I don't have the same pain as I did prior to the surgery. I have different pain now but it's manageable compared to pre op.

If you have any questions let me know. I'll keep posting my recovery as I go along.


  • Hey there..glad the surgery seemed to go well. Don't be so quick to 'get back to normal'. It's still back surgery you had. Give yourself time to heal.

    No need to be out an about the first 2 weeks. Riding in a car can jostle you a lot.

    Walking is good for you...but even if you just walk 15 mins every few hours, you will help keep scar tissue off the nerves.

    I can only imagine how tough it is not to be able to pick up your daughter. But while you are sitting, you can hold her. That must be the toughest part.

    I hope you continue to do well. I only give advice because I did way too much right away and learned the hard way that when you feel better...pushing through is NOT a good plan with back surgery. It's better to slowly re-increase your activity.

    What level was the microD at?
    Mine (and the revision) were at L5/S1.
    It sounds like you had an issue with the lumbar region based on the leg, buttocks, hip pain.

    I hope your recovery continues to be as positive as your post.
  • Welcome to SH.Wow you are doing amazing so early out from surgery. It is incredible how much you have acomplished. Please do take care to not overdue it though.
    It must be hard having a young daughter at home and not being able to pick her up. It will all pay off though, if you listen to BLT restrictions. You will heal faster and better and be able to enjoy playing with and caring for you daughter soon.

    All the best to you with your recovery, great that you will keep us updated

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Thanks everyone! I appreciate the comments. It's so hard to not do things as a mom. I am doing well though.... Compared to beforevthe surgery. Today I am 9 days post op. I am walking everyday. If it rains I go to the gym and do 3-4 laps for 10 minutes.

    My legs were bothering me so bad and my foot is still half numb. Today its more numb in my toes. I know this probably sounds weird.... But it's different for me to go to the bathroom now. I have to push to go pee kind of hard when I didn't have to push this hard before.

    My butt and legs get weird tingling so I went and got a massage just on my legs. I know it's more mental than anything because it's my nerves that are affected so a massage probably did nothing for it but mentally I thought it would help. Lol

    I had s1 l5 issues and a part of the disc was removed. I have a 1 inch incision with no staples or stitches. I was glued back together.

    Today I drove for the first time about 5 miles away from my home and it was difficult because the area with the incision is sore.

    I'm going back to work on the 6th. Two weeks off. I can't afford to take off any longer I'm self employed. But the good part it I'm a mental health counselor so I just sit and talk to patients. Any recommendations about how to do well at work is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks everyone!
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