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benji stringerbbenji stringer Posts: 1
edited 02/20/2015 - 7:42 AM in Recovering from Surgery
In July 2012 I started having pain in my left leg, mainly in my hamstring area. It got so bad I had to get assistance getting into car and going to hospital. The MRI showed I had a herniated disc, L5S1 very bottom disc. Had one side of my leg numb and only feeling in my left foot was my instep and big toe. I tried PT for couple months but pain got so bad I could not stand up for no longer than 5 minutes at a time comfortable that is. Met with a highly recommended neurosurgeon and decided to have surgery. To shorten this up a little let me go forward a bit.
I had the surgery in Paducah KY, most people go to Nashville TN in this area, but I trusted my family doctor's referral. I was 33 at the time and in very good shape 5'9 165 pounds and still very active in sports. After surgery I noticed my numbness was still there and knew the possibility of not getting feeling back. Anyway I began my recovery process, and for two years I did about everything I did before but still had pain at times, I stretched everyday but didn't feel like I had progressed like many people that had this surgery. I developed a friendship with a gentleman through hunting that happened to be a neurosurgeon. He did a MRI and told me he could clean out some scar tissue and create more room for the nerve to be free. What happened is the surgery did not separate the nerve and after time the scar tissue pressed back on nerve. So in April 2012 I had my second surgery. in Paducah KY , since my second surgery I've been able to do everything I could do before, with that said I have to continue working hard on back strengthening and stretching. The Microdiscectomy is a surgery not to be afraid of if considering having it but choose your surgeon wisely, it makes all the difference.
Benji Stringer


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