Hello I've just joined Spine Health, although I've been looking at it for over a year for information about various treatments for my back problem; I've found some really useful information for which I'm really grateful.
Just to give you a bit of background- I'm a 27 year old woman from the UK and I've had a large l5/s1 disc herniation for well over a year. I've got pretty bad sciatica in both legs, back pain, transient numbness in both feet and the back of my legs, a very weak left leg/ foot, difficulty walking and lots of clicking and movement in my back. I've tried all sorts of tablets (currently on Omeprazole, Pregabalin, Tramadol and Naproxen), TENS machines, have tried selective nerve root blocks and alternative treatments. I've now been scheduled for a microdiscectomy on 27/02/2012 in the hope that I'll get some quality of life back and a reduction in pain, although I've been told that that might not happen for 18 months after the surgery.
In an attempt to try to prepare myself for how I might feel I thought this would be the best place to ask about others' experiences. I've read a lot at various places online that sitting is bad after a microdiscectomy, although no one has said specifically how it feels; I've also seen that sitting for a maximum of 20 minutes is recommended. I wondered what people's experiences of pain after sitting was and how you got around this- is this pain focussed in the back from weak back muscles or an unstable feeling back, or is it sciatic pain (or all of these!)?
I'm just trying to mentally prepare myself for the operation and roughly what I might expect as I've never had any sort of operation before!
Thank you very much for any responses, I'm really keen to hear other people's stories and experiences.