I have been reading a lot on this forum as well as others and thought it was time to post about my story to get some input from other members.
I had a micro disectomy in June of 2012, 10 months ago from this post. It was a large herniation at my L5/S1 disc. I waited 6 weeks before having the surgery. Immediately after the surgery I had relief from my leg pain. I lost use of my calf muscle and the outside of my leg was numb for a while. I have since gained some use of my calf muscle back and am hoping to gain more back in the next few months.
I still have severe pain in my back where the herniated disc was. I think I may have re-herniated it slightly because a few months ago I was having leg pain again. The leg pain has subsided a little now but the back pain is severe. Any time I stand up from sitting, or bend over it really hurts. Even if I just brace myself I get a sharp stabbing pain in my back. Sometimes just walking hurts also. My doctor is telling me a little pain is normal and it will go away. I am frustrated and need a better answer than that.
Has anyone else experienced severe pain 10 months out from a surgery like this? Did the pain ever go away? Do I have any options here?