Hello everyone, I'm having a little trouble post-op and wonder if anyone here would have any information.
I'm a healthy, 19 year old male with some congenital spinal stenosis and early last year herniated my L5/S1 disc. PT did not help so two weeks ago I got a microdiscectomy. I left the hospital later that day, but the next day, I noticed I still had some of the sciatic pain. Of course, this is normal, but now two weeks post-op it feels like it hasn't really improved from that point. It still feels a little better than it did before the operation, but it can get particularly bad in the early morning and nags at me a bit all day. I am off the steroid anti-inflammatories and taking about 1600mg Ibuprofen daily.
Although the pain is not excruciating, it is certainly sciatic pain and it worries me two weeks post-op because it's not making much improvement. I am particularly fearful because I am still very young and there are a lot of things I will never get to do if this doesn't improve. I know it's early in the recovery process, but inflammation should have subsided a bit by now, if that's the problem. I have been walking since day one and trying to slowly increase my activity level but maybe I've been pushing it. Should I expect this to get better on its own... and when? Do you have any advice?
Thank you, Andrew