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.