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Canadian recovering from a discectomy

Just a introduction. I will try and be brief.

A bit of who I am, I am a 35yr old inventory counter here in Canada who lives with my common-law husband.

In mid-August of this year I started having a lot of lower back pain. Went to the doctor and got some muscle relaxants and pain pills. On the 7th of September I woke up with foot drop on the right foot. Went to the doctor that tuesday and was sent to have a CT scan, my doctor talked with a neurosurgeon in Kelowna, neurosurgeon wanted me to get an MRI, had a MRI the following day and on the 13th I was told I needed to go to Kelowna ASAP.

MRI showed that I had a herniation at L3/L4.

Was admitted the next morning (husband and I drove through the night) and on the 18th I had my surgery. On the 19th I had the test where they stick needles in you and use electricity to test the nerves. It showed that there wasn't any permanent nerve damage. I was discharged on the 20th (stayed in a motel in Kelowna that night) and was home the following evening.

I still have the foot drop and I have a brace but there has been a huge improvement since the surgery. I mainly use a loaner rollator/4 wheeled walker with the occasional cane use. I no longer find myself needed the pain meds unless I overdid things the day before. I should be using my discus foot brace but I hate wearing runners so I'm hoping to find a way to get the attachment that allows it to be used with socks.

I am just hoping to have somewhere that I can talk about this with someone who understands.


  • I am glad you are doing better! I am a month post op since my Microdiscectomy and doing better than I was pre-surgery. I did pull something in my back yesterday, but I am feeling a little better with that today. This forum is a great place to not only see what other people are going through and to learn some great info, but the support you will get here is pretty amazing. Everyone on this forum knows in SOME way what you are going through. Please keep us updated on how you are doing and if you need anything just holler!
    36 yr old with one degenerative disc (L5-S1)
    3 rounds of Epidurals in 2013
    6 PT visits in 2013
    Microdiscectomy L5 S1 on 9/5/2013.
    Re-herniated in January 2014.
    Epidural on 3/3/14.
    A/PLIF (L5-S1) 6/3/14
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