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Big Boy Backus Introduction

bigboybackusbbigboybackus Posts: 25
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in New Member Introductions
I am 3 1/2 weeks post surgery from a microdisectomy on L5-S1. I had middle and lower back pain and progressive sciatica on my leg left for 5 years. I had tried accupuncture, cupping, physical therapy, yoga, chiropratic, medications, and had over 9 epidurals. I am looking for support and encouragement for other members post-surgery.
My level of pain pre-surgery was 7 to 8 and I had middle and lower back pain 60-70 of the time. I had sciatica radiating from the left knee down the back of the foot 90 percent of the time.from other membersI just wanted to get feedback, suggestions, and support o post operative progress. I am able to walk for 45 minutes without too much pain. Prior to the sugery, I was in average physical health and about 15-20 lbs overweight prior to the surgery. Much of the weight gain over the years has been due to the lack of ability to due any exercise and the schedule. I have a job that requires a lot of plane trips and long car rides - which are not conducive to a back condition.
After my first pre op appointment, my surgeon was satisfied with my progress. I have back pain about 10% of the time (scale of 2-3) about 10% of the time now and I have sciatica about 30-40% of the time (pain scale 30%-40%) of the time, but it has improved ince the surgery. I guess the biggest challenge has been the limitations since surgery, getting to know my limits and abilities, and hoping that I would be able to get back into the "swing of things" sooner.
I am currently on pain killers (4 times a day as needed) which helps manage the pain, and muscle relaxants (3 times a day as needed). I have a follow up appointment later this week to determine the status and next step.
If anyone has any comments, recommendations, encouragement, or expereience, it would be greatly appreciated.
Big Boy Backus


  • Welcome to the site!!! I understand what you mean about the "limitations"...it can hard to figure out what you can do post surgery but take your time , your body will let you know what it can and can't do. No over doing it ever...follow what the doc says and try to keep a positive attitude!!! You have come to the perfect place for support and understanding...if there is ever anything that I can do for you then please just let me know. I wish you all the best...take care!!!
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you dropped in! this can be a great place to spend some time during recovery.. please be sure and follow the doctor's orders! this can be your best bet at a successful recovery and a chance to become pain free!! good luck to you! stop by anytime! Jenny :)
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Sounds like you are heading in the right direction and things progressing well.
    Kudos to you for being able to work and navigate through those situations with all you are going through.
    Let us know how you continue to feel and function.
    Take care
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