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Microdiscetomy - will I stand straight, again?

LauraALLauraA Posts: 2
edited 06/08/2013 - 9:09 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 30 years old (good health, have not had back problems) and got a hernieted disk during pregnancy (3rd trimester). It started with painful, sharp pain down the leg, then turned in to chronic numbness down my buttock. It is 6 months later (baby is 3 months old) and during PT my chronic numbness and back pain case got worse. I have spasms down my left leg to my foot, the numbness in my buttock is still present, and I am walking hunched over. My body is trying to move away from the pain and now my hips are uneven and I can't walk straight at all. I have the MD surgery scheduled next Wednesday. L4/L5 S1. The hernieted disk is 28mm x 9 x 9 hitting multiple nerves. I am hopeful that I will recover easily (though I know recovery will be hard since I will not be able to pick up my baby for awhile). Will I be able to walk straight quickly? I'm afraid that inflammation has made my hips out of whack and it could take some time to walk straight up, again.


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  • PaulPPaul Posts: 730
    edited 06/08/2013 - 9:55 AM
    I can only speak for myself, so here is my case:

    My L4-L5 herniated and it felt like an icepick was stabbing me in the center of the lower back. The more upright I stood up, the more it hurt. If I hunched over, the pain would go away. At the onset, it was only a little, but as time (8 months) went on, the worse it got and the more I needed to hunch over. Standing upright became impossible and walking was awful. Everything was out of alignment and unnatural. The body was not meant to function like that and I was miserable.

    After my outpatient micro-d, I walked upright and pain-free out of the facility. It was great. Just take it slow and careful. The first month after the procedure is crucial for healing. No lifting, carrying, pushing, shoving, dragging, twisting, bending, jumping, running, sneezing, retching, gagging, coughing, straining etc etc.

    I'm sending you a link to helpful info. Look for it in your inbox. And congratulations on your baby. I have no children, but when my nephews and nieces come over for a visit, they are an absolute joy and a blast of fun. I'm 41 and they range from 1 to 8 y/o, but we have a blast together. Great excuse to be a kid again and goof off and get into fun shenanigans LOL.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • I had similar issues before I had my micro done years ago. Hunched over bad, even had to sleep sitting up with my upper body over to the opposite side( if that makes since) and had a hard time putting weight on my leg.
    Unable to stand up strait, my muscles in the left leg had atrophied.
    I woke up from surgery and felt 100% better. I found out later the Dr gave me another steriod shot during surgery since my nerve was so inflamed. I'm sure that made a difference also.
    Walked fine after a week or so.
    So yes it's possible, everyone heals different though.
    99/00 L4/5 & L5/S1 herniation
    2001 L5/S1 microdisectomy age 25
    severe DDD at surgery level
    2011 pars
    2012 RFA L/3/4/5
    7-02-13 L4/5 l5/S1 360 fusion ALIF PLIF
    DX spondylitis , DDD, scoliosis, and slight kyphosis
  • I'm 10 weeks post fusion and just starting to stand up straight with lots of physical therapy. I spent more that a year bent over or at least with terrible posture. It takes time but I can see improvement. Follow every precaution so you have the best chance of a solid fusion and keep a positive outlook. It helps!
  • I had a 2-level microdiscectomy on May 30th and I was upright by the next day! I've also been walking tipped forward for years, as it was the only way to get some relief from the stenosis (also had a foraminotomy). Good luck! I'm wishing you all the best.
  • LauraALLauraA Posts: 2
    edited 06/10/2013 - 1:49 PM
    Thanks for everyone's thoughts and for sharing your stories. Hope you all continue to heal well!
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