I have been reading these forums with some interest over the past months and even year.
i have suffered back pain for many years since around 19, I'm now 33. for many years though it would only get bad every so often, up until may 2012 when i first felt sciatica. I immediately knew that something had changed and went to the doctor as something clearly wasn't right.
he diagnosed a herniated disc and prescribed pain relief. and then sent me home with the advice that if i had trouble going to the toilet then to go straight back. 2 days later i had trouble and he immediately sent me to a & e. I was kept in overnight and had an MRI the next morning which confirmed the L%-S1 disc bulge.
The funny thing is that the trouble i had going to the toilet was purely down to the codeine the doctor had given me.
however if that hadn't of happened i probably never would have had an MRI.
Anyway i was off work for 12 weeks and then only part time for many weeks after that.
In feb 2013 i had an Epidural which didn't really help.
Next on the list was a nerve root block which i had in may 2013, again did nothing than make things worse for a couple weeks, and to be honest was the worst procedure I've ever had done, utterly awful.
After approx 12 weeks i had another hospital appointment in which a microdiscectomy was decided.
I was placed on the waiting list which was 12 weeks.
Had my letter through for a date 12 weeks and 3 days after my hospital appointment. pretty good.
Of course at this point i visited this forum more regularly as the date approached.
Nerves kicked in a few of days before when i had to stop taking my anti inflametories as these have helped the most with my back pain for the last year. luckily i could still take my daily doses of tramadol for the sciatica.
So the day came Friday 6th December 2013
I was second on the list and due to go down at 130pm it was delayed until 4pm, longest wait ever as i had been at the hospital since 1030am and not eaten since 730am and no drink since 1030am.
a couple of hours before i was given about 12 different pills to prepare for the surgery, i was certainly feeling the effects a good couple of hours before i went down as it was delayed.
The time came and just wanted it over with, and of course once i was asleep it wasn't long before i was awake and releaved.
The surgeon was there almost as soon as i was awake and asked about my leg pain, really not with and unsure if it even really happened i replied that there was no pain.
I had 5 mins of violently shaking like i was really cold. soon after i was wheeled out of recovery and had my own room on the ward. A perk of going down late, and therefore the ward had filled up.
there was a lot of pain from the wound area, as to be expected. However i was able to get up and go to the toilet that eve about 4 hrs after surgery.
Of course didn't really get that much sleep for being a little uncomfortable and the obs every couple of hours.
The next day came and the physic visited, had already seen i had been up and about and signed me off to go home.
The surgeon also visited fairly promptly and again said that it had gone well and asked about leg pain which i still didn't have.
I went home at about 2pm.
A fairly uncomfortable 15 min drive.
Once home I spent a good few days largely in bed with the occasional stretch, toilet, short walk etc. Getting up and down was difficult and couldn't get my socks on for example.
Pain in the wound area subsided 2-4 days after surgery.
It is now 9 days post op as i write.
Im no longer in bed and generally back to moving around as normal, of course with in my limits.
Being careful with bending and twisting etc.
The last couple of days I've been out for walks and doing my excerises.
I took the walking a little to far earlier today, and tbh i was hard work to get home.
Currently as for leg pain, Well its hard to say. Im still taking Pain killers daily, if I'm late taking them or do to much i do feel it in the back and leg. However the leg pain is different now. Im not even sure its really a pain, it just feels different.
Whether its just the nerve getting back to normal or the memory of the pain i really don't know. It can be very uncomfortable though if i don't take meds.
I guess only time will tell.
Hopefully ill get back here in the coming weeks to update progress.
But so far glad i done it. and recovery so far has not been as bad as i thought.
Of course we all heal differently and have different levels of symptoms. I guess thats why i wrote this as it helps to read as much as possible from different experiences.
just for info I'm a 33 old male.
i stopped taking the codeine in favour of tramadol as i really don't get on well with codeine.
age 33 microdiscectomy 6th dec 2013