Hi fellow back pain friends!
For five months I have had severe lower back and nerve pain with a dropped foot down the side starting at my L5 S1 area. It was worse than any pain I have ever thought imaginable! I have four, huge babies, all natural and this pain was 100 times worse! After trying to keep a smile on my face and trying every treatment under the sun, including aromatherapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, phyiso, PT, decompression, steroid shots, inversion board, etc. Yes, I've spent a small fortune on this issue! Before this happened, I was in pretty good shape and in the gym at least 3 times a week. I eat an organic, local diet. I don't have sugar or dairy in my diet. (no inflammation)
Last Tuesday, I went to see an amazing neurosurgeon in Austin, TX. He was amazing! He explained that my real pain was the budging disc pushing against the nerve root and it was causing nerve damage. (I had little feeling in my toes and most of my foot was numb) On Friday morning at 7:00a.m. I had a microdiscectomy in which the surgeon removed a huge piece of my disc. After the surgery, I felt like a train wreck! I came home barely being able to move myself! I had to have help getting in and out of bed and even to sit down on the toliet. After a few days the pain has started to ease up; most of my sciatic pain is gone. My knee still hurts and my foot is still somewhat numb. I feel sore and very emotional at times, especially at the end of the day. I am still taking Tramadol (4 a day) I can walk about 1 mile a day but feel really tired after that excursion.
My question is where will I feel great again? When can I expect to drive again or venture out? Should I look for certain signs? Is it normal to feel emotional? Should I stay in bed most of the time? Do I have to sleep on my back? When is it okay to have sex again? When can I bend over or twist (play tennis) again?
Is there anything I can do to speed up my healing?
Thanks for your thoughts!