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3 months post-op L5 S1 MicroD

Hi all! Its been a minute since I checked in. Hope everyone is on the road to recovery.

Tomorrow marks the 3 month mark for me. It has been quite the roller coaster ride & still is. But it does seem that the highs keep getting higher and the lows less severe. My impovement over the past 3-4 weeks has been dramatic compared to the 6 weeks previous in which I had a long setback & felt I was just spinning my wheels.

I am now swimming weekly at the gym without ill effects. Still doing PT which does still flare me up a bit almost every time. 2x per week PT & 1 day at the gym seems to be working well. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays gives me good time to rest in between.

I hope to be done with PT by end of the month. I am lucky enough to have 2 insurances which allows me to still be going to PT. It helps me tremendously and is still needed in my opinion.

If I could say one thing to any new members nearing or in early stages after MicroD it is to expect a 4-6 month recovery, not 4-6 weeks. If I knew that I could have probably saved myself some mental turmoil.

My goal is still to be as close to 100% as I can get by summer. Maybe even better than 100%. I was not overweight or extremely out of shape before surgery. But now I have quit smoking & I rarely if ever exercised. So in those senses I may end up better than ever! At least that is what I hope.

Other than that, I still like having my collection of pills handy. Esp the anti-inflammatory. After PT or the gym it helps alot. And some nights when the numbness goes down the leg out of nowhere, Its nice to have a half a vicodin. I would say on average I take a prescription pill 2x week. Aleve 3x per week. and nothing the other 2.

Thats it for now, talk to yall soon!
L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!


  • Sally711SSally711 Posts: 156
    edited 12/05/2012 - 5:26 AM
    So happy to read of your recovery progress. great news and inspirational for us all! Keep up the supeb recovery!
  • Been wondering how you were getting on. Hope you are not back to driving those lathes 2 days a week! Get back to you desk job now! and make sure your get up and move often! ;)

    Great to here your good progress. Keep at it and you will probably be 100% by summer. *clap*
  • humanshishkabobhhumanshishkabob Posts: 65
    edited 12/05/2012 - 3:00 PM
    Ben-It is great to hear that you are doing so much better. I start PT next week and am really hoping it can help. I've got a bunch of questions about how I can safely build myself back up after 9 weeks out. Walking has been good.
    I drove to the grocery store today for the 1st time since surgery which felt good until I think I overstayed my welcome and had a bad painful drive home. I had a return of my original sciatic pain all afternoon which has been discouraging--so it is good to know that you are doing better after a rough road. Thanks for the good progress report-

    L5S1 discectomy/laminectomy for large extruded herniated disc strangling nerve
  • Glad to hear you are making positive progress Ben!

    I agree with you that it seems a lot of literature and Drs understate the recovery time period, or at least do not clarify the difference between "recovered" and "feeling yourself again"...

    Keep up the good work!

  • Thanks for the replies & encouragement!

    Dave, not back to the machines yet but I think I am close. Maybe another 4-6 weeks but gotta ease in just like everything else. Running the machines wouldnt be a problem. Its the setup, the wrenching, tightening and lifting. Some days I sure wish I could. Making parts so much less stressful than the BS I deal with at the desk.

    Kabob, I hear ya. I don't have to drive far for work. Thank God! I am just finally pretty okay with half hour to 45 min rides. Got 8 hours in the car Christmas weekend that I am NOT looking forward to. Good thing the wife would rather drive anyways. And yes I have dealt with the sciatic pain also through setbacks & flare ups. The last few times its showed up it has been more numbness and tingling than pain so I think thats a good sign.
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
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    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
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