I'm 24, and I'm new here. It's 6:45AM and I've been up all night worrying about the discectomy I had 2 weeks ago. I hope to get some advice/encouragement- I've been reading your stories and they're so helpful.
Some background: I started getting sciatic pain down my right leg about 8 months ago. After months of anti-inflammatory medicine and patience, the leg pain became pretty much unbearable and the doctor finally ordered MRI etc. Turns out I have 2 herniated disks- not from an injury, but they are both degenerative (L4 & L5). Met with a neurosurgeon, & he said shots would not fix my problem because my L5 was resting on the nerve and I needed surgery to remove the piece of the disk that was impinging on it.
So, I had the surgery 2 weeks ago. He told me he expected an excellent result and I'd be feeling back to normal in 3 weeks, buuuut I am really, really discouraged. My back is beginning to feel better and I walk (not that far, probably .5 mile) every day, but my leg pain feels the same as it did pre-surgery (shooting pains, sometimes throbbing). I've been stretching every day, but I am not feeling any relief. It hurts when I sit, lie down for too long, twist a certain way, and get up and down. Basically, I am wondering if any of you were still experiencing this kind of pain 2 weeks out and still recovered? Or at least eventually felt SOME relief? I see the surgeon on Monday, and will be very interested to see what he says (I'll update you all). Is there anything I should ask him? I know that after the surgery he said the nerve was indented (or whatever the correct term is) more than he thought it was from the disk, so maybe it is just going to take longer to heal?
I was really active before this sciatica, and it has been taking a huge toll on me both mentally and physically that I really can't do any of my usual activities. I'm exhausted from this many months of pain, frustrated that the surgeon made the recovery process seem like no big deal, and worried out of my mind that I'll live with this pain forever.
Any advice? Similar stories? None of my friends or family have been in this situation, so I feel alone, isolated, and can't stop worrying. Hearing from any of you would really mean a lot. Thanks!