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Hey Gang,

I had a L5-S1 microdisectomy 7 weeks ago after suffering with a disc prolapse since December 2012. I've been doing pretty well and the numbness has gone. Started exercising and even made it to the gym a couple times.

My consultant said it was fine for me to return to work after 6 weeks. I did, and it wasn't.

I have leg pain and back pain again and I can feel my nerve going crazy.

I guess I'm asking: Am I back to square one? Because it sure feels like that on the pain scale.

I've already lost a year of my mobility and proper life to this. I am 27.

Any guidance is most appreciated. Please feel free to share your experiences - I've heard positive thinking can demonstrably help...


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    that did not mean you are not going to have good/bad days. Remember, you were having problems before surgery, then they opened your spine to perform their procedure, close you up, stay in the hospital and then sent home to recuperate.

    All that takes time. You may still have some pains and discomfort a year from now. No two people are alike, so its impossible to say when you will be able to work and not have any problems.

    I would discuss whats going on with you right now with your doctor.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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