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Have I jepodized my recovery?

I really hope I haven't.

As I've stated elsewhere, I haven't been given proper guidelines/restrictions since my Microdiscectomy 8 days ago. My initial recovery seemed to be going really well. My sciatic pain was gone straight away & it was just surgery pain & discomfort I had.

I went for a walk today, just under an hour & covered 2.70km (1.67 miles), visiting a cash machine (ATM), browsing a computer shop & buying a drink. I felt a few twinges in my previously effected leg whilst walking & have been in a fair bit of discomfort (back) since returning home. I just had a few more twinges of pain in my leg.

Did I over do it today? Or were these twinges likely to happen anyway? I'm just a bit nervous, as I was feeling good (leg-sciatica) prior to this.

Any info/advice/opinion gratefully received.
L5/S1 Microdiscectomy on 13th June 2014 in London, Uk.


  • did you have any instrumentation with you operation ?? I learnt yesterday that the uk are still performing spinal operation without rebuilding the spine ie fusion and decompression standard practice in the USA but still not common here in the uk ..you may well recover from your quickly but from my own personal experience I have found that a laminectomy/discectomy without suitable stabilisation will require further surgery as soon as only a year after the initial surgery my first surgery lasted around 6 years then the second lasted the length of my duration in hospital I was in agony and no one wanted to touch me ..it all became clear why it was because too much damage was done on both operations because no instrumentation was used it was bound to fail and it did ..eventually I found a decent guy that would take me on with the proviso that I knew the outcome would be stability and no pain relief as the damage to the nerves was already done and nerves are not repairable once damaged that's it .my advice take things easy and in the back of your mind think that you may require surgery in a few years remember what I said in my PM to you regarding spinal consultant .if you need more surgery then make sure they back it up with instrumentation .
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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