Two weeks ago tomorrow, I had a broken disc free fragment removed that was pressing on my L5 nerve root. I had a laminectomy in Dec 2011, which was successful until this past Feb when the L5/S1 was bulging again and causing nerve pain. Then, on 6/20, I awoke unable to sit or do anything other than lay on the floor in terrible pain. That must have been when the disc broke. I didn't sleep much or eat much for that week as I was only able to lie on the floor. In fact, I lost 10 lbs in one week. My surgeon did an MRI showing the disc fragment and suggested surgery since I was in agony.
After the surgery on 6/27, my pain is much less (although I still have some nerve pain…I know this is just the nerve healing). My incision is very small (about 2.5 inches, so minimal pain there). The issue I am facing now is anxiety. Everyone tells me how fortunate I am and how minor my surgery was in the big scheme of things. And, they are right. However, I still don't feel "up to par" and I have difficulty sleeping and nightmares of the pain returning. Also, because I had "outpatient" surgery, I am working from home and finding it increasingly difficult to keep up, which is also increasing my anxiety. My workplace tells me to only do what I can, but the emails haven't stopped and I find it difficult to turn off my brain in order to rest.
Has anyone else experience this type of anxiety following what many consider a "minor" procedure? I also have a hard time communicating to anyone who wasn't around during my week of agony just how bad it was. Not that they would understand, but still…I guess I'm wondering if anyone has experience anything similar.