After reading and watching tons of reviews on L4/L5 Disc Herniation, I thought to pen down my first hand experience.
I was diagnosed with Disc Herniation in 2006 and was taking alternate treatments.
Life was pretty good after taking physio and naturotherapy on regular intervals, which allowed me to run, cycle, swim, gym - muscle building etc.
I moved to Hong Kong in year 2011 and work profile was demanding with almost 60+% of travel in a year.
Result: the pain started cropping up more frequently and now physio etc. could give me relief for only a few months and pain would kick back again.
This year in August after consulting half a dozed Ortho specialist in Hong Kong I planned to undergo knife - Microdisectomy.
The surgery was done on 26th August 2014 (3hours) and was told that I will be good in 2weeks time but all that looks good in theory nothing that sort of happened.
My incision was supposed to be on the left side (per all discussion and session with doctor so far) but just few minutes before the surgery after looking at my MRI again (closely) my Doctor recommended oh...we will have to do the incision on the right side and not left. That was the first concern that plagued me that how could he miss that... couldn't do much as the operation table was all set and in no time was on it.
Next morning after regaining my consciousness (recovering from anesthesia) - Doctor visited and was happy to share that all went well but he couldn't remove the bulge disc as it was too hard like a bone and he was afraid doing so would mean removing all the disc material hence he just created some path for the nerve on the back side by filing the bone at the other side and cleaning some dead material from the bulge.
In few days I was discharged with medication for 2 weeks and a promise that all be good and recovery will be faster.
It's been 3months and I am still living in the pain and would say its little bad than what it used to be - as earlier the pain was internment and would go away after physio but now its persistent and stays with me forever.
Yesterday was my second followup with doctor post-surgery but he seems to be playing with words and recommending a new recovery path:
- Physio (1st stage)
- Steroid Injection (2nd stage)
- Disc Fusion (3rd stage)
He is not willing to clear why the pain still exists? I have given up on this doctor - he is a big fail for me in terms of surgery and most importantly handling patients post-surgery as that's the time when they need him more. He couldn't advise me for any Physio, or stretching exercises or dos and don'ts - I have to keep asking him on what should be done?
Could any of experts out here answer my below query:
- Is it true that Herniated Disc can become solid like a bone and removing means calling for more pain or
- Is it the incision which was done on the right side and might not have allowed the doctor to access the herniated part of disc?
I am living in pain and wouldn't give up just like that - through your videos I have picked up couple of stretching exercise and do's and don'ts.
I will be really thankful for your feedback.
Age: 37 Years