On 8/6/2011 I had L5, S-1 Herniated Disc surgery, where there was a markedly swollen and tensley humped up nerve root. To this day I am still experiencing pain in my right buttock, occasional pain in my thigh, calf, foot and ankle, and moderate to severe pain behind my right knee area.
In the morning, I walk like a 100 yr. old man (I'm 60), but this improves in about a hour. I have cannot put my socks on until I've been moving around and have had a hot bath.I walk with a limp and have difficulty extending my right leg fully, as I walk. I work in an office but am on my feet a lot and do a fair amount of walking. This really hurts the back of my knee......it is such a RELIEF to sit back down. I have taken Vicodin and Norco (both 5-325) and considering asking for something a bit stronger.
It's been about 4 months now and I have not felt any noticeable signs of improvment (maybe there are small ones but I just have not sensed them). Doctor says it takes months berfoe nerve root damage heals and it could be months before I really start to feel improvement. I am getting IMPATIENT, DISCOURAGED, AND DOWN. Can someone PLEASE give me sme input on my situation. I feel so DOWN AND OUT." Thank you in advance.