Hello. I recently had spine surgery.The procedure I had is called a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery (TLIF). My spine was subluxated at L4/L5. The top portion shifted forward and the lower portion shifted backwards. It was terribly painful to stand or walk before. Loads of pain medications for a long time before the surgery.
Prior to surgery I suffered for nearly a full year with an extruded disc which was sitting on a nerve bundle which affects my legs. I watched my leg pain go from sciatica related to neuropathy to paralysis. Now that the disc is no longer pressing into that nerve I am still dealing with a good amount of neuropathy. The neurosurgeon stated that the disc was "huge" and he stated the nerve under it is "flat." He placed a construct into my spine to hold it in the correct place and it has been not quite a month since the surgery. I can feel the rods when I lay on my back. Not a good feeling or I guess I am not used to that sensation just yet. I am really glad that I had this surgery. I know that it is likely one of the best things, and toughest things I will ever do. Currently, I am experiencing depression because now I must learn the 'new me' so to speak. I cannot go back to doing all the things that I used to do. I can no longer teach and instruct aerobics and kick boxing. No more teaching spinning either. There are many many things I once did without even thinking twice. Now all is different. I am also angry with the cards I been dealt.
Healing is way slow for someone that was so active. Almost one month down...many more to go.
Currently aside from the anger and depression I am dealing with a ton of neuropathy from that damaged nerve by my spine; sending signals of stabbing pain into my right thigh. The doc wants me to take gabapentine however the side effects are entirely to sketchy for me to even try it.
Before the surgery I was referred to as a 'bubbly person' who always was smiling even through the pain. Now I feel I have not cracked a single smile in nearly one month. Welcome to sadness, I guess. I do realize this will get better with time. I also have to keep reminding myself that this is temporary.
I am glad to be around others who are suffering like myself. Thanks for having me here. Be well everyone!