My first time ever on a forum .....hope I'm posting in the right section....
Looking for post surgery recovery ( micro discectomy) and getting back to work advice. Here's my background story...
Im almost 43, from Toronto, Diagnosed with an L5/S1 large, central posterior herniated disc - a CT scan done after ER visit back in Sept./2013
Symptoms began May/2013 - sciatica in both legs usually alternating at any given time ( hence the central herniation), with extreme low back pain. I really just took matters in my own hands, as I had had back pain and sciatica many years before at various times....especially after 3 pregnancies and a fall down a flight of stairs. Anyway, I stretched like crazy, went to RMT, did yoga and other workouts toward the end of the summer, as I could barely walk by June. Sept. came around and that meant back to teaching ( Science, and Health & Physical Education), matters got even worse....woke up one day and couldn't bare ANY weight/ walk or move for that matter ....off to ER.
I saw the neurosurgeon who sent me for MRI and recommended PT ( Mackenzie Method) for 6 weeks, but made it clear that I was one of the 10% that would likely need surgery, mostly to size and location of the herniation.....he was right. A few days after ER my right leg from the butt to foot went numb. Since then, groin, pelvic, gluteus pain has stayed with me. Saw NS for followup Dec18th with no improvement. Over the Christmas Break, I had a huge set back, extreme pain with that followed new numbness on the left butt, also left foot has been tingling for a while now. Back on the 18th he set my surgery date, it's Jan. 28th ( in 9 days)!
I'm glad to finally put this constant pain and numbness behind me, and know that this is the right next step. On the other hand, I'm worried about the surgery ( simply scared) and recovery( what will I feel like, what will I and wont I be able to do?) I'm a mother of 3 young children, a large puppy, and teach middle school HPE for a living. NS has told me good prognosis, and the numbness may take awhile to go away, and likely off work for 4-6 weeks. Can anyone attest to the timeline? And any advice on recovery dos and don't s, and what I will and won't be able to do? When will I realistically go back to teaching ( PE especially)?
Any feedback to my questions would be much appreciated.