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L3-L4 Microdiscectomy Rehab - Future injury Prevention

marc2828mmarc2828 Posts: 1
edited 05/19/2014 - 7:26 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
This past Friday I underwent a microdiscectomy of L3-L4 due to an extruded disc. I only had the problem for 3 months and underwent 2 epidurals. However, the pain was so immense that I had no choice. The nerve pain was accompanied by a foot drop and complete torso shift. I had the surgery at EDITED and so far I am extremely happy with the result. I have read many of the terrible pain people on this site have endured and I really cannot imagine living like that. The last 3 months was unbearable. Some nights I was thinking of calling an ambulance and was unable to catch my breath. I have read that those that have success, go on and live their lives and don't post, so I am worried about the "successful" rehab plans not being relayed. What can someone do to prevent a recurrence and future surgeries? I am looking at all sorts of books on back fitness , Yoga, Pilates, lumbar support, etc. Any legitimate rehab plans would be most appreciated.

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  • I would suggest a brace for the first few weeks to remind you of your BLT (bending, lifting, twisting) requirements.

    Best of luck,

    MircoD of L4-S1 on 3/5/2014

    MRI stating either re-herniation or post-op granulation tissue- 5/16

    Re-herniation confirmed, ESI on 5/29
  • http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-message-resource

    It is important to follow the directions and instructions given to you by your surgeon, and to follow the restrictions for activities, and weight limits as directed, until you are medically cleared to resume those activities.
    If you are unsure what the restrictions are, check your discharge paperwork or call your surgeons office and make an appointment to see him to discuss any rehab activities.
    In the acute post op period, those activities are usually limited to walking as much as you can, not sitting too long or standing too long, and rest, with NO bending, lifting or twisting, and with no driving until you see the surgeon for your first post op.
    The use of a back brace is up to the individual surgeon and based on the type of surgery you had. If your surgeon did not have one for you prior to your surgery or you weren't discharged with one, then he didn't feel it was medically necessary.
    Do not do any workouts or yoga or pilates until you are told you can by your doctor.

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