Wow, can I just say that the second time going through this is much better than the first. I feel totally different, in a good way. I did have quite a bit of leg and surgical site pain in the recovery room but once the pain meds kicked in I felt like a million bucks. And I did have a slight headache, that went away with the meds. I have little to no pain now that I'm in my hospital room. I was able to get up and use the restroom within a couple hours of being moved from recovery. I ate a regular dinner and I am happy and do not look or feel like I was run over by a Mack Truck. The first time around I was in the worst pain for the first 12 hours and was not even able to get up to the restroom. I thought I was going to die. I really hope that this time I don't do something to re-herniate the disc again. The surgeon told me that I am not to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for 8 weeks, the first time it was only 3-4 weeks. The same goes for any repetitive motion while standing or sitting So it looks like I need to take up knitting while laying in bed. I need to do something with my hands otherwise I'm going to lose my mind just laying around watching tv and surfing the web.
Finally have a positive outlook on this whole situation, lets hope it stays this way.
L4-L5 Herniated 02-02-2013 (Slipped on Ice)
L4-L5 MicroD 08-07-2013, Reherniated 10-21-2013
L4-L5 MicroD Revision 10-07-2013, Reherniated 10-17-2013
L4-L5 PLIF/TLIF 10-02-2013
Released From Surgeon & All Restrictions 03-06-2014