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Good morning,
I started have low back pain and severe pain down my right leg, back in march of 2013. Tried chiropractor, massages, with no results. So i made a GP appt and was given a mri, showing a buldge disc on the l5 s1. Physical therapy was started went 2x a week, did not improve symptoms except my abs are stronger now:)
I had a disectomy of the l5 s1, yesterday morning. Leg pain was gone as soon as i was in recovery. Only pain now is at the surgery site.
Praying all goes well, im sure the Lord is tired of hearing from me. So hanging out at home and enjoying not having to do house work:)
Question for you, how long does it take for the surgery site to feel better? I am taking peracet and advil for relief. I walk around the house and my son walked with me around the block.
Any advice would be great! Thank you for your time.
L5S1 Disectomy on 10-23-13


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  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 10/27/2013 - 10:55 AM

    (I have no idea what doxies are!!)

    Welcome to Spine Health :-)

    It is great to hear that you are feeling so much better since your discectomy.
    I didn't have a discectomy, my surgery was a fusion, so I am not sure how long the recovery is.
    I think, from what others say, at about 6 weeks you should be feeling that you are pretty well healed as far as the incision goes.
    Walking after spinal surgery is about the best thing that you can do to help your recovery.
    Has your doctor given you an idea of how long he predicts your recovery will take? We are not doctors here, but just fellow spinal patients.
    Do be careful not to overdo it too early. Many have gone down that road when they feel so much better and get a nasty shock when their pain flares up again.

    This is a great place to come and get and give support from others going through similar experiences. Invariably you will have questions and hearing how others coped is helpful.

    Rest and take care and hopefully you will have a very successful recovery.
  • I was told walk, then ice, walk and then ice.....
    I am a very bad girl and do not ice often and i have paid the price of soreness and pain.

    Bags of frozen peas and corn and a bag of unpopped popcorn in the freezer works wonders.

    When i finally ice my back I say to myself " Dummy, this feels great, why didn't I do this more often?"

    Feel better soon
  • @jellyhall, doxie are nick name for dachshunds. I did walk around the block twice. Little pain in the butt and a twing in the thigh. So i am going slow. Surgeon said take two weeks off of work, i am a bean counter so i wont be lifting anything.
    @stenosisrose, i will try ice, i forget the simple things.
    L5S1 Disectomy on 10-23-13
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