If you're reading this - than you too are suffering/recovery from Back Pain. I was there and I hope to help others as they deal with their own set of circumstances involving seeking relief of daily back pain. A brief overview of my medical issues;
- age 12, broke upper left arm above the elbow in 2 places, seperated shoulder (motorcycle wreck)
- age 13, broken right arm (motorcycle wreck)
- age 14-18, Rodeo Bull / Bareback Rider (surprising never seriously hurt)
- age 24, major vehicle collision (hit by drunk driver); Compound Fracture Right Leg, Compression Fracture Spine
- age 43, fell on rearend, causing lower back pain
- age 46, major vehicle collision (2nd car in 4 car freeway pile-up), no reported injuries, (suspect untreated whiplash)
I am a 52 years old Male - 5 days post-op Laminectomony L4L5 - S1, surgery was not micro. Overall, pain is only bad if I sit for more than an hour, standing is about 30 minutes and walking is 15 min - times are maximum amount of pain I can take before needing to lay down and place a heating pad on my hamstring. I am walking twice a day on relatively flat pavement. I live in a home that has stais so am up and down as needed to lie down or join my family for dinner / television. Pain is from left knee to mid-hamstring and then across left buttocks to L% region. Almost feels like a chaley-horse type of chramp.
Overall, I feel alright - thought maybe the pain would have been less. I am maxing out my scrip of pain pills (and the pain is handled, but concerned that I am having to use that many to maintain a tolearble pain level.
For those of you who have had this procedure - is your experience similar? The surgeon did say they had to shave more bone than they thought they would have and that he removed a great deal of old scar tissue.
Also, for everyone's benefit - what post-op activities helped your recovery? I am considering having an accupuncture procedure and massage done - is this wise (will discuss with surgeon)?
Thanks everyone for your responses...