32 year old, Male.
Symptoms first presented itself in July 2012 with sharp shooting pain in the buttocks most noticeably when transferring from a seated to upright position.
Doctor visits in September due to electric-like sensations shooting down left leg which led to physical therapy, chiropractic visits, acupuncture, massage, and natural healing in late September through December. Showed definite improvement and relief throughout physical therapy visits but nothing long lasting and overall symptoms continued to worsen.
Noticed permanent numbness on fourth and fifth toes along the outer left foot in mid-November which led to an MRI.
MRI results showed a 28x11mm disc herniation at the L5/S1 vertebrae. Surgery to follow late December.
Recovery Projections: Surgery. Overnight stay at the hospital. Out of work for 2 weeks. 3 months for full recovery.
Day 1: Post Op
Spent an hour in the recovery room then was transferred to my room.
- Slight numbness still remains in left foot. Was forewarned that it would be the last to resolve itself with a slight possibility to never healing 100% (still more manageable than the sciatic pain itself).
- So far no recurring pain in the left leg and/or buttocks. Remaining in a reclined position in a hospital bed, afraid to sit up.
- Definite pain and tenderness at incision site.
- Sat upright 5-10min to eat (clear liquid diet, BLAH!), noticed no pain in left leg.
- Nausea. Possible reaction to the anesthesia.
Doc reported surgery went well with no complications. Should be released the next morning. Hopefully the world doesn't end. 12-21-12. LOL