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Post L5/S1 microdiscectomy/laminectomy

Hi, I struggled with a large herniation for over a year and a half. I was 24 when I herniated it and active. The first time I had an injection followed by 2 Weeks of PT it seemed to work. Unfortunately I reinjured it and it was worse the second time around. I had 3 more injections but unfortunately it did not help. The injections only would help for about a week or so if they even helped at all. Eventually the only option was surgery. I spent a lot of time reading the forums and got really freaked out by all of the posts where people had issues or had a failed surgery. I thought I was going to be in pain the rest of my life! And it was a very terrifying and depressing thought considering my age. I had sciatic pain from my hip to my toes with numbness and pins and needless feeling from my calf to my toes. The more time went by the worse it would get. To the point where I could only walk at the most 15 feet at a time and in the morning I couldn't walk at all. I had the surgery March 28th and am now 11 days post op. I feel fantastic!I wanted to share my experience since it was a positive one and we all need encouragement sometimes. As soon as I woke up I tire to move my left leg and toes and there was no sciatic pain at all! My big toe was extremely numb and my left foot was slightly numb but I could not have en happier. Of course my back muscles and the incision hurt pretty bad for the first few days but it was nothing compared to the sciatic pain. The only time I had to even take any pain meds was at night to help go to sleep, and that was only for the first 3 nights. I immediately started walking around. The more I walked the better I felt...well to a point. I didn't push myself hard but I worked through the pain right from day 1. And today my husband and I walked around the park for an hour and a half!. I know I will have setbacks but so far I am so happy with my results! I can't believe the immediate improvement and I wish I had the surgery sooner. I will continue to post my recovery periodically. I just wanted to share my story since I feel like the surgery was a success and personally I was terrified and extremely doubtful that it would help. I only came across a few success stories and they were my lifeline prior to the surgery. I hope this gives hope to anyone having doubts or setbacks.


  • debjiddebji Posts: 28
    edited 04/09/2013 - 4:57 PM
    I'm so happy to hear you are doing so well after surgery!! Just be sure not to over do it even if you feel great. Be very conscious of not bending, twisting or lifting as I'm sure you are doing. :)
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thanks Debji! I just wanted to post another update. So it has been 2 months since my surgery and I feel great! I still have some numbness in my left calf but it's no longer in my toes! I went back to work at 5 Weeks post op. The first few days were a little rough and really tired me out but I made sure to get up every half an hour. I still do my pt exercises everyday and it has helped so much! My left leg is almost as strong as my right now. Last week I went camping and was able to hike up a very large hill. I could not have even made it 15 feet prior to my surgery. My husband and family and friends can't believe the progresses I have made. I am back to my old self. I am still cautious about twisting and when I pick up something off of the floor I squat to get it. I am so grateful to my surgeon and physical therapist for all they have done. They truly saved my life. And I even got cleared to go back to the gym last week! Hopefully this helps anyone who is scared of having the surgery. I would have the surgery again in a heartbeat. I had a great surgeon but I also obeyed the post op instructions to the letter. Maybe even more so than I had too. I hope this helps anyone who is apprehensive but is running out of options.
  • So glad your doing so well. I had mine on 05/09 And go back on 06/10. I'm very nervous about returning to work. I work at a doctors office making appointments so I have a desk job. Lots of sitting! Any advice?
    Im 30. Had micro diskecetomy on 05/09/13. I had a herniated disc at L5-S1 that after 6 months of different treatments I was only getting worse.
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