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New member intro - Hello from Jason!

Greetings all,

I just today came across this site and have already found great information to give me peace of mind and a better understanding of what's going on with my body.

Quick bio

I'm a 38 year old male who am 3 days post op from a discectomy L5 S1. In November of last year I started having significant lower back pain and treatment was anti inflammatory meds. and muscle relaxers to help me sleep at night.

My pain gradually increased over time at I ended up in the emergency room near the end of January as I was not able to walk without my leg wanting to give out on me due to pain. My lower back was the source of the majority of the pain, but then i started having a burning line of pain down my leg ending around my ankle.

The ER physicians ordered an MRI and it was identified that I had a herniated disk in my L5.

My Dr sent me to a spine surgeon who saw me the following week and scheduled surgery for the week after.

And here I am.

I started searching the web this morning about the surgery I had as I've been having a little pain down my leg again and was concerned (lets call it terrified) that the disk re-herniated. The pain isn't severe but enough to make me wonder.

At this point, the only medication I have is Hydrocodone 7.5/325 and am supposed to take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours as needed. I'm not a big fan of pain medication as it clouds my mind so I try to stretch as much time as I can tolerate between pills.

My wife, bless her heart, has been helping me stand up, lay down etc so I am not twisting my spine at all. So lets just say I get a lot of rest and still get up to walk around the house so I don't stiffen up. I have two personal nurses ( 1 Havanese and 1 chihuahua ) who also follow my every move making sure I'm ok or I don't drop something tasty they will be forced to remove.

I look forward to reading more on these forums to continue to understand what to expect, watch out for etc.

Warm regards




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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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