Hello! I am new to this community but not new to back pain! I really came here looking for some feedback/advice and experiences from those suffering from back problems! Please take the time to read my story and offer any advice or your personal experiences. It will help me and I am sure it will help others!
I am a 27 year old male, who has played sports throughout my life. I have been very active until the last year of my life. I was weightlifting one day and noticed pain/discomfort in my back. Went to a chiropractor and visits seemed to help. So like any stubborn male, I kept lifting and running for the next few months. Then one day I went into the weight room, went to do a a dead lift and POP! I felt a sharp pain and was instantly in tears. It was the worse pain ever!! I went to the ER, had an X-ray then MRI and I was told I herniated my L5-S1 disc. I was given pain meds and sent to a back orthopedic who advise PT/epidural injections and over time the pain started to go away but I never felt right. After a few months of it improving it started to get worse. So I went to a neurosurgeon, and he recommended a microdisectomy.
I had the microdisectomy in late September. Before the surgery I had severe pain at times that would prevent me from walking and standing for more than 5 to 10 minutes. The pain started in my lower back, traveled down the thigh/calf and even went to the bottom of my foot. After the surgery, the pain was gone. It was unbelievable! Since the surgery though the pain has slowly returned. It is not as bad as it was, but its there, in the same areas before the surgery. I have done PT for 4 weeks and have tried to walk a mile every other day since the surgery. The last visit I had with the neurosurgeon a few weeks ago was the pain was normal and to resume normal activities after PT. It has worsened though now, and I don't know what to do.
I fear I may have re-herniated the disc or is it possible scar tissue is causing this pain. I was told by the neurosurgeon most pain is from internal swelling, but I just have don't know if it would worsen 2 and 1/2 months since the surgery
Should I contact the neurosurgeon again? Am I jumping the gun? Is this normal to do through pain 2 and 1/2 months after the surgery? What are your experiences with a Microdisectomy?
I know that was long, but its been on my mind for a few weeks now! Thank you so much for reading my story! Thanks for any advice or experiences you share with me! I am new to this forum community and look forward to hearing from you guys!