I had a discectomy a week ago on my L5-s1. The operation went smooth, I was up walking the same day and have not had the usually muscle spasm/ severe sciatic pain. I still get a little when getting up after sitting for a bit but I assume that's normal.
My real issue is I am 27 yrs old and have been a super exercise freak since high school. I am about 5'9" and weigh 155 pre surgery fell down to 150 since then but that's ok for now. My problem arises with everyone's posts on this sites. Has anyone had success, honestly everyone seems doomed and gloomed to rot in a miserable painful life on this site. Like everyone gave up all hope their lives would return to just the same pre-surgery.
All I asked is if I give this time like 3-6 months of healing will I be able to return to my usual 4 day workout. I don't do anything crazy like lift Mount Everest above my head or try and dead lift a mac truck. I understand my risk for re-injury is a little higher but honestly by how much.
This site is beginning to make me feel more like I should have lived with the pain or ended my life, rather than do what the doctor ordered.
Please if you have a success story please share it, I've just read too many threads of these sappy, my life is over, stories then I want to hear. From what I understand a Microdiscectomy is minimally invasive. Heck my mother every told me the 2 screws they put in my ankle was more serious then this.
I only want to hear from those who have conquered their battle and enjoy living their lives how god intended us to.
Also just FYI my father had this surgery 6 yrs ago and too this day rides 20-60miles a week and works physical labor.