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L5/S1 Microdiscetomy Successful Surgery

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to post about the surgery I had a month ago.

I am 23 years old and one day I woke up out of no where with a terrible lower back pain. At first you know, I thought it was just another daily pain that would go away. Well, this one did not. A couple months passed by and it got worse, so I went to see the doctor. The doctor gave me some meds and said that might help. It didn't, so I came back and he sent me to physical therapy. This made things worse I must say.

A total of 6 months went by and I finally got a MRI and it showed I had a herniated L5 disc that was pinching on my S1 nerve. I literally got to the point to where I could barely walk and a few times where I dropped to my knees in tears of pain. It was the most pain I had ever experienced.

I had the option to do the epidural shots, or go along with the surgery. So I did a lot of research on both and decided to go along through with surgery. It was very scary at first, reading all of the horror stories online did not help at all.

I had my surgery May 14th and was up and walking the next day. The first week I still had a slight bit of pain, but the doctor explained it to me like this. "When a nerve has been pinched for 6 months, and then finally get free from pain, its similar to going to a theme park all day and taking the wristband off at the very end of the day... the wrist band still feels like its there." This is very similar to a nerve you know? It's going to feel like it's still being pinched after 6 months of it. Although, the 2nd and 3rd week I started healing extremely fast! I was driving 8 days out of surgery, I was shooting hoops (without jumping) in the driveway during the 3rd week and on the 4th week (now basically) I feel about 95%!!

Very happy about my surgery, I'm very glad I decided to go through with it. I'd say the 5% of pain I get is from when having a long active day, I get a tad bit sore. That's about it though! I'm a strong Christian and I prayed a lot when I was going through this, and I promised the Lord I would write a positive story on here if that ended up being my case. So here I am, and here is my story! I hope this helps someone out because I know reading a few positive stories on here helped me out.

Life is good again, stay positive and believe in you and your body and you can do anything!!

God bless.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • thanks for posting, keep us updated.
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