Thank you so much for reading this. It's comforting to hear advice from others' experience and it gives me hope. I know it could be a lot worse but navigating a new pain issue has scared me. I am a mom of two small children and am worried how long I'll be out of commission.
Background: I'm 36 and am 11 days post op of discectomy L5 S1 and I'm learning as I go. Never had back issues - until my second pregnancy. I gave birth to a 9.5 lb boy 12/23/14 via c section and have had issues since.
Pre surgery Issues: Initially noticed bladder function off, infection from not voiding completely (thought it was due to catheter in hospital). Next, extreme pain in back then butt, back of leg and foot, also with numbness. Pain was so bad I went back to the ER at hospital where I had the baby. I couldn't sit, stand, lie down ... The dr sent me off with pain meds and told me to see an ortho. Had an MRI which showed large herniation with severe nerve root compression (based on MRI notes). Ortho had me try an injection. Nothing. Meanwhile, I'm so drugged and still in pain. I was delirious. Finally, after a month of onset, got to a neurosurgeon and he quickly scheduled a discectomy. Neurosurgeon connected bladder issue with herniation. I was in so much pain, I barely knew what I was doing.
Post surgery: No pain. Dr. removed large fragment. Relief, happiness, positivity, etc. Now, I'm noticing more numbness in leg and foot and some back discomfort. My bladder is still not emptying completely.
Questions: First, how could something like this have happened (injury or just normal wear and tear)? Second, I know it is really early days here but how much of this will go away with time vs. changes to my body I'll just need to live with. After a rough end of pregnancy and now weeks stuck in the house dependent on others while dealing with this, I'm about to lose my sanity. I can't care for my new baby or 2-year old. I'd just like to talk to anyone who has dealt with something similar.
Thanks so much and sorry for the long post! I will get to go back for a check up Thurs but am driving myself crazy in the meantime.