Just got back (finally) from my 2nd post op (Microdiscectomy 9/5/13) doctor's appointment. Here are the basics of what was said:
* My incision looks great. In a few months it should be skin tone color or as close as you can get.
* The cramps and spasms I am having are perfectly normal and actually surprised them that it wasn't more frequent or more painful.
* All restrictions are lifted except for one - that is to respect my back. Listen to it. If it hurts to do something, don't do it. If the incision itches, scratch it. Respect my back.
* Full smiles from my surgeon when he came in. He said, "Wow, what a difference in your demeanor. Your eyes are brighter. Your smile is actually a happy smile and not just one of politeness. You look amazing. Totally different than our first visit". That made my day!
* He apologized for the long wait (we waited a little over an hour) for such a short appointment and also for having to wait so long to get relief.
* He put me on a PRN status for appointments. (for those that don't speak medical stuff, that means I'm on an 'as needed' basis).
* I am to call him if ANY of my previous symptoms return and he will see me asap.
* I am to slowly start stretching again. He suggested trying to work through my previous PT exercises, but to start at a low rep rate and minimal stretch and work my way up week to week.
To those of you still suffering, I am so sorry that you are still in that position. I don't mean to gloat, honestly, but I am so happy to be in the position I am in. I hope you all find relief soon!
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