I went in for my surgery Tuesday the 29th with the intentions of keeping you all updated throughout the process but things did not go as planned so I am here now. I was terrified to have this surgery done but after a lot of encouraging stories on here I decided to have it done. My Surgery took 4 hours and I was in recovery for 2 hours. Being that it didn't start until late in the afternoon I really didn't come too until Wednesday morning and that day I felt great, the PT came in and we walked a lap then she told me I could walk another lap later that day as long as I had my walker and a person to walk with me, so later in the day I went for a walk but got super lightheaded and sat down in the chair, it was then that the nurses informed me that my blood pressure was too low so I needed to be given more IV fluids and rest. well within 5 minutes I had EXTREME pain from my right butt cheek all the way down to the back of my leg and ankle/foot... it was dying pain, pain I had NEVER EVER had prior to this surgery and funny thing is, my disc was herniated to the left, not the right..it got so bad that my surgeon finally came in Thursday morning, was very concerned and ordered a CAT scan thinking maybe something went wrong or I had a hematoma but thankfully it was just the right sciatic nerve was massively inflamed, he started me on steroids and by Friday morning I was a whole new person...no pain in my legs at all..I am however really sore near the incision site but that is to be expected. I am very impressed with the work of his hands because I have a dolphin tattoo on my back I was worried how bad this would mess it up but it doesn't look too bad.. and of course having no pain is more important that a tattoo
I was not given any kind of brace to wear and I did not think to ask why not.. I also had bone taken from my right hip which does seem to be more painful the my spine itself. Well that is about it for now. I will keep you all updated as I progress along. praying after steroids and pain meds are gone pain will stay away as well!!