I've read so many posts on this forum and what I've read has been invaluable, so I thought it time to ask my own question.
Starting in December I had debilitating sciatic pain all throughout my left glute and left leg to the point that if I didn't have Percocet and Neurontin, I was not getting out of the bed. And by bed I mean floor. But even staying in bed left me in agony. And sitting for any length of time at all was simply agony. But I had to keep working, so I just loaded up as much as I could handle on the Percs and got through it as best I could.
I had major issues getting Cigna to cover even an MRI, which I wasn't able to get covered until early March, after six weeks of painful and useless PT. Showed a severe herniation in L5 S1 and we progressed to epidurals. Did two of these and felt slight improvement but not nearly enough to get off the pain meds which at that point had become a big deal to me. My tolerance was through the roof and I couldn't deal with any of it another day.
So last Wednesday, April 10th, I had my microdiscectomy. The immediate results were excellent. 90% of the pain gone, with some residual sciatica and tingling but nothing I can't handle without meds. I'm no longer taking the Percs, the Neurontin and Tylenol are more than enough for now.
My question pertains to my recovery, as to what I should actually be doing right now. How often should I be getting up to walk around? Each night I've slept in my bed I have felt a tiny bit worse the next day, so tonight I'm going back to the floor and see how I feel tomorrow. Probably I'll end up ridding myself of the boxspring and just putting the mattress on the floor. What was everyone's experience with that? Is it okay to stay on the floor? Is there a consensus diet as far as what I should be absolutely avoiding or absolutely eating?
Any help or feedback would be greatly valued.
"Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt"