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New to this Forum - Awaiting L5-S1 micro discectomy

NiveNNive Posts: 4
edited 02/05/2015 - 6:08 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all,

I'm a 33 yr old Female and I initially started having pain in both my upper thighs, especially while sitting for longer periods. This started sometime in Late 2013. I went to my PCP, who put me on Naproxen and asked me to attend PT. I was also grossly overweight at that time.

I had started a new job, so I didn't start PT but I used a treadmill a lot and lost weight...which I think is a huge mistake. The pain also seemed to go away, so I didn't care abt it a lot..another mistake.

In August of 2014, I took a 20 hr flight and in 2 weeks another 20 hr return flight. My woes started thereafter..I has severe pain in my right lower butt..especially when I sat for long periods and tried to stand up. This time I attended 6 weeks of PT and didn't have any major improvement..the doc ordered an MRI and the results showed an extrusion and DDD at L5-S1 and also a snall bulge in L3-L4. She put me on Oral steroids and ordered more PT...the oral steroids were of no help..and my pain now started radiating throughout my right leg..and my posture shifted one side..and my therapist told me to get some pain relief even before she will touch me..

So I saw a spine specialist, got an epidural shot 3 weeks ago...it did help me a bit..I can now walk a bit without wincing in pain..but the doc said..it didn't give expected results and advised discectomy..so am now waiting for insurance approval..

I'm really concerned abt my posture..I'm unable to stand upright and the doc said that after the surgery, I will be able to. Did anyone else face this posture shift? And did surgery correct it?

Also, I haven't lost any feeling in my right leg..I do experience occasional tingling..but otherwise, my leg doesn't go numb. Will it still go numb after the surgery? The doc said, in your case, where the pain is more in the leg, the surgery will get the leg pain off in a week...is that true?

Sorry for the long Rant, and wishing everyone a speedy recovery.




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  • JennasisJJennasis Posts: 19
    edited 02/05/2015 - 6:49 AM
    I am on micro-d number 2. Both times I woke up from surgery just about 90% pain free. The numbness took several months to go away. The first time it took 3 months. This time I expect it a little longer (actually didn't have ANY numbness and after the surgery).

    Best of luck!
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