I am four months post-op from an L3-4 Microdiscectomy , done after months of severe pain brought on by shoveling snow last winter. I was originally misdiagnosed and the first doctor misread the MRI and after 2 epidurals I got a second opinion from a neurosurgeon. Apparently a piece of the disk had ruptured off and lodged in my L 4 nerve root causing excruciating pain down the front of my right leg.
Prior to this I had been a runner for thirty years, six days a week! I am now able to walk but I continue to have some leg pain and my lower back aches! I continue to go to PT and I seem to feel worse after she works on the soft tissue. I desperately want to be normal again and wonder will it ever happen??
Also, one week post surgery, in may I developed blood clots in my good leg and spent the summer on blood thinners. I am being worked up for a clotting disorder and am very depressed at the thought that I might need blood thinners for life!
My neurosurgeon told me he was hopeful the pain will go away but how long do I have to wait?
I am very, very depressed and not normally an anxious person, I find myself crying and feeling like I can't breathe.
Anyone else out there like me??