I have not posted since back in the Fall. I am a 55 year old lady, worked out almost every day, am a veritable gym rat, and in great physical shape, better than my 20's and 30's, LOL!
My journey began ironically in the gym. I use the leg press and was pressing 300 pounds. I had been doing that weight for a while so it was not unusual. I weigh 110 pounds but very strong. That fateful day in October, I pressed and suddenly felt a huge snap in my lower back. I spent the next 15 minutes just trying to get off the machine. My back did not hurt at all after the snap but I had dibilitating butt, back of thigh pain. I spent the next 2 or 3 days icing, heat pads and taking ibuprofen. It did start to improve a little. After two weeks, however, I sought out the advice of my regular ortho doctor who sent me for an MRI. His diagnosis was spinal stenosis and spondy. I accepted that till I began researching spinal stenosis, which seems gradual and mine was no way gradual. It was a distinct day on a leg press. But I continued with his treatments as they seemed plausable regardless of the diagnosis for the back. I went to weeks of PT, then went on Lyrica for a while and finally had 3 epidurals. All of the aforementioned did little if anything.
In March of this year I asked my family doctor for a referral for a good spine surgeon and was referred to an awesome sugeon at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. With his ecpertise and additional xrays and MRI, we say that a lower lumbar disk had been slid way out, causing the pinching down my leg. By March and April, the pain was getting worse again and starting to affect all areas of my life, which was hard as I am very active. I was also taking 37.5 mg tramadol and 600 mg Ibuprofen, every 8 hours. It had some effect for the first few hours but the last 2 hours left me in pain.
We finally opted for L4L5 fusion/laminectomy. I had the procedure a week ago, 6/2. Thus my post today. I felt much better in the hospital, some lingering sciatic pain and the typical surgical site pain. When I got home, I used the home toilet and it was at that point I felt the pinching pain increase. I have since resolved the lower toilet issue but the pinching pain has become unbearable. I have talked to my doctors and they told me this is all normal, that there was a lot of damage that was repaired and that the nerves will be inflamed and even more sore than prior to surgery, before they get better. I am telling you though, I am very depressed because I was not this bad prior to surgery.
Therefore, am I being truly impatient because it is just a week and I am having dibilitating pinching pain and just need to chill out? I am very worried and expected to feel pain but not this bad. Any thoughts? Thank you so much in advance.