1 Day out of an apparently successful microdiscectomy. I was just looking for someone who may have been my age range and having the same type surgery. Sorry if this is redundant
31 year old male. Healthy & fit but the pain became too much. So after 2 years of ups and downs I decided to take the surgery plunge on 9/25.
L4/L5- L5/S1 microdiscectomy. Operation went very well, doctor said there were no complications, I was strong and healthy and should recover well. Man I was nervous and shaky...that is until they hit me with that IV drug. Then I probably wouldn't shut up! Haha! Anyway..
I'm following the doctors orders, but wanted to get some friendly opinions.
So I have some questions. I know that every recovery is different, but are there certain best practices, do's/don'ts I should be aware of?
Oh dear God the pain. All the sciatic pain is gone, but it feels like someone took an axe to my lower back. Drugs are helping a small amount.
Day 1: I couldn't get out of bed. Forget about it. Best I could do was sit up
Day2: I got a walker and was able to get to the bathroom (15 feet away in about 15 min. ugh)
I'm a healthy eater, but anything you've found that helps would be of great benefit.
Right now, I'm doing 20 min on/off.
Generally speaking, how long until the pain subsided to where you could get around?
So obviously, start off very slow and work your way up, as long as you're being very careful. The doc says the first few days are critical.
Any other advice and encouragement would be great. Thanks for listening!
This is without a doubt the hardest thing I've had to do. But I'm willing to do whatever it takes.