After exhausting all non-surgical options, I gave in and went for the laminectomy/discectomy. i am now 7 weeks post op and have nothing but great things to say about the dr. followed his instructions on not bending lifting or twisting. just walk. up to 3 miles a day. and now riding bike 5 miles.
this week starting PT.
the only pain i have is sore achy feet from finally being active again. other than that. the sciatica is gone, the hip pain gone, i can even feel my right foot again after it being numb for over a year.
my challenge now is to re-condition and strengthen myself without doing too much and screwing it all up. i start pt this week. any one in the forum walked the fine line of getting stronger but not doing too much to regress? what exercises to stay away from for the beginning. iam sure the physical therapist will have some insight to this but wanted to get personal opinions as well...