I am a 37 year old female. I have had back issues for 14 years.
Starting in 2003 the back pain was so severe that I was taken out of work and I stayed out of work on disability for 3 years. I have had a discogram. It showed a tear in L-4 L5. I have done numerous steroid injections, acupuncture and PT. steroid injections only helped for less then 24 hours. In 2007 I was admitted into the hospital for severe back pain radiating down my right leg and I kept falling. After an MRI it showed that I had a large grape sized herniation with nerve root impingement at L4. I ended up having a microdiscectomy at L4 and I was pretty much pain free after that.
I returned to working as a medical assistant. I had mild back pain that I could control with rest, ibuprofen and heat. Occasionally I would have to take a flexeril. On 10/25/11 I had a sharp pain in my back that dropped me to the floor in agony! I felt paralised, it took me 30 min to get myself up and in bed with ice. I stayed like that for 24 hours. The next day I was "stuck" I couldn't get out of my bed. The pain took my breath away ( and not in a good way!) I called rescue and went to the ER, was given fentanyl, flexeril, prednisone and was told to check in with my neurosurgeon. I ended up with another MRI that showed another herniation at L 4 with nerve root impingement. I am sched for a lumber laminectomy tomorrow morning. I am so nervous! But my back spasms have gotten so much worse. I currently cannot move more than a few inches at a time on my own. Phew, that's a whole lot of history! My question is about the recovery of a laminectomy. I'd love to hear other people's experience.
Thank you all!