Hey all. I've had lower back pain for about 7 years now. Saw chiros and did pt but no lasting relief. I recently demanded an mri from my pcp as the pain is now constantly in my leg and not so much my back anymore.
Turns out I have a herniated disc at the l5/s1 location. Getting a discectomy next week. Doc says I should be back to work in 2 weeks easy. Seems like most people's doctors say that but it really takes them a month+ to return to work. I hope that's not the case for me.
So... I'm looking for anyone that had similar conditions prior to a discectomy. And how their recovery went.
I'm 28, very active and fit aside from a fading 6 pack.
My pain is most noticeable when I'm standing for longer than a minute, worst when I'm walking. The Sciatica in my right leg is felt with every right step. Can't lie on my back without pain so I sleep on my side with a pillow between my legs.
Here is where things differentiate from other's experiences. I feel best when sitting up, in bed or in a chair at work. Every post or YouTube video says they could barely sit. If I adjust the way I walk, I can feel less pain at the cost of looking like I'm 70 yrs old and forgot my cane at home.
The pain came in waves before it became constant.
Chime in please if you can give me some real life recovery times and struggles-best if you've had the same pain.