I have recently stumbled upon the spine-health forums and they have given me great encouragement that dealing with the post surgery ups and downs isn't something that is unique to me!
After previously being very active, running half marathons and playing tennis around 3 years ago I started to get increasing back pain. This went on for a while until I finally was referred by my physio to see a specialist. MRI scans revealed an L5/S1 disc prolapse with some contact on the nerve. Over the previous 12 months I have had two epidural/facet joint injections and combined with physio to limited effect.
Increasingly in the last 6 months I developed a lot of groin aches/pains alongside flare ups in the lower back.By this stage I hadn't ran more than 1 mile in almost a year and agreed with the specialist to undergo a microdiscectomy.
I am currently 4 weeks post surgery and have to admit it is starting to get really difficult. I had a couple of good weeks, with expected pain and limited leg irritation. Now I have increasing right leg irritation/burning sensation. I have increased my activity, getting back to work at the end of week 3 on reduced hours and walking more and more.
Does anyone out there have any experiences with post op recovery? I feel that I am now not progressing as fast as I would like and getting increasingly worried by the sensations in my right leg. At 2 weeks review my surgeon did indicate that some irritation of the nerve root was normal and put me on a course of dicloflex.
I am currently having gentle physio and on a course of dicloflex, having stopped all other post op painkillers. Any inspiration or wise words would be greatly appreciated, I am sure that the irritation of the nerve is a normal thing, but it is much worse than before the op and in hamstring/calf/heel rather than groin. I feel increasingly young and inexperienced with dealing with this op!
The positive is that my back itself is almost pain free.
Thank you in advance.