Hi everyone I just want to begin by saying I'm so happy to have found this forum. You google things and your mind starts to wonder. You also come across very old posts and never hear the end or outcome of everyone's stories!
Anyhow, I am a 32 year old female, and have had a history of what I thought was hip pain on and off for about 3 years. Finally after having an 8 week episode I decided to change careers. I got a desk job and in early October, 2012 i started having the more apparent pains of sciatica ... Back of thigh, then buttock, heel.
I was diagnosed early enough and was referred to a neurosurgeon and was told it would take 8-12 months before I could get a consultation. Fortunately I was able to see an orthopaedic surgeon this past feb of 2013. The pain was very apparent from the get go, and I was one of those less fortunates who wasn't responding to medications and because of that I wasn't able to commit to anything. Not even dr appointments! I spent most of my days laying in bed as butt spasms took a toal on me.
Anyhow I took a painful 1 hr trip to meet Dr F. On feb 22th. He assessed me and told me that the only option I had at this point was to remove the 18mm herniation as he clearly seen I couldn't function.
I was scheduled for surgery March 21st.
I am 1 week post op. very discouraged ...I woke up after surgery with sciatica pain. More so in buttock area. My surgeon assured me the surgery was a success and didn't believe I still had pain. He told me I could return to normal activities ASAP. No restrictions! I would like to know if I should be doing stretches? There's still too much snow so I can't go out for walks. The pain is so bad I can't sit, when I do the pain in my inner heel comes back. I heard about phantom pain but I never got any relief so I'm wondering if its nerve damage?
What does nerve damage feel like because I have no numbness and never have?
Have any of you's experienced newer or worsening symptoms post op?
Is phantom pain something you feel right after surgery or is it pain that returns?