This is my first post on here and I'm looking for some reassurance if possible. I am a 22 year old, male collegiate Track and Field thrower and power lifter. Just under two years ago I injured my back weight lifting. I fought through the pain for a few weeks until it was too much to bare. The pain begins in my left hip and continues to the back of my knee. Luckily it doesn't go past that point and there is just pain, not numbness.
It was diagnosed as a L5-S1 disc herniation. I immediately started PT and have had three injections. Overall the pain improved maybe 20%. I'm currently on an anti-inflammatory, diclofenac sodium. It helps me cope with the pain but it is still there. My doctor is now suggesting surgery. I've gotten multiple opinions and they all say the same.
My concern is the recovery. I am still in college and have to go to class. If I have the surgery on a Friday, would I be able to attend classes on Monday? My doctor says I will but I was hoping to get the opinion of people who have had the surgery. Also, what was the recovery time? When could you start bending, lifting, running, etc.? Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
- Dave J.