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How long does this take?

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??


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    It depends on how severely the nerve was damaged. Recovery is a bit different for each person, depending on what was injured, how long the injury was in place, what other damage there may be, and what our individual recoveries look like.....I do know that things do get better over time......and hopefully it will be the case with you as well. At the early stages, it seems like one step forward and at times three back but eventually it does get better....
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