After 4 months of lower back pain and problems sitting and excercising i decided to find out what was wrong.
After an MRI and Xrays we confirmed the nerve was pressing on my herniated L5 disc. I tried physical therapy for 2 months, then 2 epidural shots, as well as stonger anti inflammatory medication.
Although the pain didn't go away completely, I learned how to deal with it and eventually started working out again, but was smart and listened to my body, not pushing it.
I very much want to continue my running and gold so I decided that after exhausting all of the above traditional therapies, surgery was the only option.
I had surgery December 3rd. Although I had to stay 2 nights, I eventually got home and slowly started the recovery process. I needed the walker for about a day and a half.
I have gradually started walking 4 days after surgery and continue to increase or maintain the same each day. I haven't worked at the office for two weeks and will gradually get back to the office after the holiday.
I wante to use the month of December to have a solid 4 weeks of recovery.
Tomorrow is my first doc appointment and I am very optimistic.
The only main issue I have is moderate pain in the immediate area with some minor sweelling. Other than that I am showering on my own, cooking dinner, doing light errands, and working from home. Combination of sitting at a high top chair bc its easier to get in and out of and also spending time iin my bed. I also am consistently icing my lower back
I hope for a great check up tomorrow and look forward to staying on pace with six weeks recovery before I start light work outs again.
I'm 36 and take good care of myself. I hope you all find this helpful and wish you all the best with your recovery and or future surgeries.