I everyone. I am new to this let me start by giving a little background of myself. I'm 30 years old and have been dealing with lower back pain for 10 years. At first it was just every once in awhile I would "tweak" my back and I would be "stuck" in a bent over position for a few days and a few chiropractic visits. Well my condition has rapidly progressed in the past year and a half. This year alone I've had 8 epidural injections, 5+ pain medications; traction; pt; and have tried yoga, pilates and YES good ol' fashioned bedrest. Finally this past week I saw a surgeon and i have been diagnosed with DDD and a herniated disc. Surgery is set for June 20. I am very scared but at the same time excited for the chance to live a somewhat normal life. I don't expect a pain free life. But right now I cant even hold my 1 year old. Mornings through 1pm are so bad for me I have to feed my son on the floor because I cant Pick him up to put in his high chair!
I am hoping this forum can provide me with encouragement: support; and education. So anyone who had been in my shoes please feel free to respond!
:I really want to know the following:
What to expect once I wake up from surgery
Typical recovery time
life after this surgery
Condition is DDD; herniated L5 S1