We know that people posting on here are not a fair sampling of the back surgery population. These are computer literate people who seem to write very well and have things to say. That may exclude many of the positive experiences as well. So.. just on a positive note. (condensed)
1.5 years of sciatic pain. This ranged from mild to barely walking with pain meds. Completely ruptured disc at l4-l5, with bulging at l5-S1.
Injections worked initially. By 1.5 years in, they helped, but that only got me to a point where I could sit without a lot of pain, but still having trouble walking. Add in now having foot drop.
Went in for a discectomy on Tuesday. The were able to do both sides from one incision (I believe that is what he said).
Woke up, walked around carefully. All was good. Nurse said I was doing exceptionally well.
Then came the downward spiral. I didn't take pain meds because I didn't think I'd need them, and we believe the anesthesia caused a horrible reaction. The next day I was in brutal pain, and any movement brought on more. Just standing up from laying down was an adventure in pain. I was scared, what if this went on for a month! The next morning I ended up in the ER. Everything came back healthy, so we figured it was my stupidity in going off meds all of a sudden, fever, and just post op ?
Just know, and it may happen to you, when you hit rock bottom, you will rise back up faster then you think. Don't lose hope. I almost did that day. Switched pain meds from hydrocodone to oxycodone, but at half the dose. By end of day felt fine.
This is Sat, and drop foot is 90% gone, pain is 100% gone, and I feel great.
Please keep in mind there are many positive experiences out there. I promised myself if I had one (and it has been so far) I'd still come back to the board and share. Because more people will post negative experiences, then people who are no longer needing help and therefore not on the board.
Gymnastics, Martial arts, then 24 years of bodybuilding catch up... 1 ruptured disc, one bulging.