I've looked on this site before but never posted but finally plucked up the courage to do so! I am 26 and had microdiscectomy surgery on L5/S1 at 24. Unlike many people here, everything seemed to happen very quickly and within 6 months I went from being very active to unable to walk. I had an MR I after 5 months of right leg sciatica which showed the disc was herniated. The surgery was supposed to be relatively straightforward but when I woke up, the surgeon told me that the disc had fragmented and there were bits of it floating in my spinal canal.All of these bits of disc were removed and I now have 1/3 disc left. The sciatic nerve was also dislodged and they struggled to put it back where it should be as it was pinging back. Since the surgery I still have a lot of pain, now down both legs although worse on my right leg and get back pain quite frequently. I had another MR I 6 months post surgery but the disc has not herniated again so was told it is nerve damage in my legs and mechanical pain in my back due to lack of disc. I am on 300mg pregablin, 300mg codiene every day and 100mg diclofenac when needed.
I have a very supportive family and partner and some of my friends are great (others don't get it!). I'm hoping to meet others who have been through similar experiences and would like to find out whether this pain will ever go