Hi everyone! I just had my microD yesterday, and so far i am feeling better than I could have imagined! But I am gonna go into detail and try to update often.
For those who do not know, I have been suffering with sciatica for about 2 years, did the chiro and the epidural injectios. They helped a little but not for long, and the sciatica got worse. Over the past 2 months it had gotten so bad that I could barely sleep, and was in pain all the time. I was very worried about the procedure, there are alot of scary stories in the forums. But there are some good ones too.
I was supposed to have surgery at 10 am, was in a gown by 9. Well as usual it was delayed and I did not go in till after 12. I think I woke up in recovery about 130, and I was in alot of pain with a very sore throat. They gave me some shots to calm the pain. One of the most painful parts of the day was when they moved me from one bed to the other. I really needed the morphine shot after that.
About 230 i needed to pee, and was very surprised that with help i was able to stand up and waddle into the bathroom. Laying back down hurt worse than getting up. At 3 i decided i could eat but food was not coming till after 5, so the wife went to the cafeteria and got some soup. The broth helped the throat alot! I had to pee at least 3 more times and it was a little easier each time, but still painful. It was about then that I realized that although there was alot of back pain, there was no sciatic pain! The doc told my wife that the dime sized herniation was pushing against the nerves so much that he was surprised I was even functioning! Anyways I got some more food at about 515 along with some COFFEE!!! It was sooo friggin good! I had to hold back from devouring all of the food, it was all good. By 6 i called the nurse and said im ready to go home. I was out the door by 7. Every bump on the ride home hurt bad but thankfully its about a 20 min drive.
So I took my valium and got a pretty good night sleep. I woke up twice to pee & take a pill. Woke up pretty early today about 8. I have been staggering vicodin & valium every 2-3 hours. I have been standing up & walking a bit every hour, even took 2 mini walks outside. There is alot of stiffness and it is hard to sit & stand ( the movement between). But there is no sciatica! it is an amazing relief, almost too good to be true! I am trying to temper my excitement just so I dont freak if I have any little setbacks.
Its still gonna be a long road, the doc said there was visible nerve damage, but hopefully it will just be numbness & tingling, not pain.
I also got a very nice back brace with aair pump & ice pack that is helping alot too!
So right now, I cannot bend kinda like the tin man. The action of sitting & standing hurts pretty bad but I think the drugs are helping alot. I have nned help standing but I got up by myself a few times too, gotta have something solid to stand with. And I think im due for another mini walk then some more drugs!
I cant say enough thank you everyone for the supporton these forums! I will update often.
L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!