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 you have any support, encouragement, or feedback, it would be greatly appreciated.
Big Boy Backus