I am 3 weeks & 5 days post L5 S1 discectomy and spinal rhizolysis. The surgeon advised I had a far larger herniated disc than expected from the the CT and it had spread right up my back, surgery took 3 hours. Thankfully my sciatica and pain was relieved immediately after surgery and my scar has healed well. I have been following all instructions with exercises, short walks and minimal sitting. I know it may be early days, however I have been having severe weakness and aching in my legs and hips when walking that does not seem to be improving. I did not have this previously. Has anyone else experienced this? Could this just be nerves healing?
I have also just started to have some niggling intermittent back pain in the same place of pain previous to surgery in the the last day or so. Could this be a sign of another prolapse or just part of the slow healing process. Although I was not provided a brace, I bought one today and I do feel more stable in the back wearing it when sittings standing.
Thanks to all who post on here, it certainly makes me able to better cope with this long recovery process. I still worry about going back to work in IT where I am sitting and carrying equipment alot, however I have learnt alot about being careful even lifting smaller things and taking breaks from sitting.