Hello. I'm a 31 y/o male. Active duty military, currently a full time student also.
Been suffering on/off for about 12 years with a herniated disc (majority of the 12 yrs it was asymptomatic. Finally on Thanksgiving 2014, it got to the point where the nerve pain was unbeatable, and I had weakness/numbness in my left foot/calf (pretty severe limp in my walk). Had a micro D on 2 Jan 15.
Procedure seemed to have gone well (I say "seemed" because my surgeon isn't the most vocal guy; didn't even follow up with me in the recovery room to say how it went, or provide me with next steps re: recovery).
Here's my huge concern. Ive been very careful not to bend, lift or twist, however at the three-week mark, my one year old child fell while playing under the table. I was the only one around, so like any parent, I bent down and awkwardly extended my body under the table. The action itself didn't bother me too much, but I felt it a bit the next day.
Even though the action didn't send me screaming, my biggest concern is asymptomatic reherniation. I cannot afford future recurrence (I'd seriously risk being kicked out of the military, and law school).
What are the odds of reherniation, based on what ive reported--been otherwise careful to follow the BLT rule, but might i have blown the surgeon's work based on this one stupid event?
To make matters worse , the next morning, I lightly wrestled with my 3 y/o daughter without thinking. Feeling it today.