Hi. I'm a newbie to the site and a newbie to back problems. I had a L5S1 microdiscetomy on Jan. 7, 2014. I had no back problems and no specific injury, but in a matter of weeks, I went from what I thought was a pulled muscle in my left leg, to debilitating pain in my leg where I could not stand or walk, an MRI, and surgery the next day. Needless to say, this has been an emotional roller coaster for me.
Post op status: It has been almost 3 weeks since my surgery. The relief from the surgery was immediate. I was able to walk out of the hospital and sit upright in the car on the way home. A few days after the surgery, the numbness and pain in my leg returned. The nurse said that was normal, that I had a very large rupture and it will take a while for the area to heal and nerves to calm down. After a few days, the nurse prescribed another steroid pack to help with my leg pain. It helped. My leg is still sore and I still have the numbness in my foot, but it is less intense and tolerable now. Except for the incision site, my back did not hurt the first week or so. now my back hurts most of the time. I switched off the narcotic pain pills, so I am not sure if that contributed to the pain. Or if I have overdone it. also having a hard time sleeping.
I have been able to work from home a few hours of day, I've been to the store a few times, and drove around the block one time.
I'm curious to know how others are recovering physically and emotionally.