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Post Microdiscectomy

MakDMMakD Posts: 1
I am 28 Male had Microdiscectomy 6 days ago, for herniated disc at L5-S1 and severe right leg pain. I herniated my disc (God knows how) 2 years before, it was bearable pain at lower back only. Since I was very active and athletic I ignored it and it started to increase, I consulted many doctors at costly hospitals and all said you have to have a Microdiscetomy. I knew my body so I thought I can heal without an operation and went on with pain killers occasionally. One day when I came back from office and bent down to remove my socks, I couldn't stood up. It was the worst pain I have ever experienced. The last time I remember crying when I was 9 and that day. The pain was so much that I could not able to dial the number on my mobile for help so I screamed for help to my friends. They took me to the hospital, I was thinking if doc has to operate right now I will go through with it, I just want to be pain free. He gave me pain killer injection in the back and pain subsided temporarily. I had to stay in the hospital for 3 days and then a very experienced doctor said - Man! that is the problem of your age, you don't rest. It was a significant progress in pain relief in 3 days.He suggested complete bed rest for 3 weeks no matter what. I did and surprisingly I was 95% pain free. I thanked God for this and continued my job. I was so well after 3 months that played cricket continuously for 7 hours, done swimming on ocean for 3 -3 hrs etc etc. Then I did it too much, while shifting my room, I lifted my 3 beds to 3rd floor from 1st floor. Its was a foolish mistake and I ended up on bed again. It eased out within a week and then leg pain started. Same story of visiting doctors continued and same answers from Docs.

2 weeks before the pain got so bad that I could not stand for 2 mins. I had microdiscectomy 6 days before, and the doc said he has not removed all bulged disc material because of stability. Most of the doc remove complete material to decompress the affected nerve, but he removed just that much which can decompress and not much. Just after operation there was no pain in my leg, but little numbness and of course the soreness in the area of insertion at back. Next day again I felt pain in my calf and it was increasing with time. I was afraid that something went wrong. I called the doc and he said nerves takes time to heal. I was scared to hell that I wont be able to walk like before. I am an engineer by profession and ambitious too. It was the nightmare of mine. After 4 days the pain started to decrease and today after 6 days it is 95 % gone. still doc suggested to do bed rest for 2 weeks and I am following the instructions. Having it for more than 2 years and googeling on internet makes you a doctors itself we think and either we go carelessly or get worried. My suggestion is please give your body time to heal. Don't play with it like I did. If the symptoms don't go after 3 months or so, kindly operate by consulting your doc. I have learned a lot. I hope fro my better recovery this time and pray to god for the recovery of any patient going through this pain. If anybody want to ask anything...Post! All the Best.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/23/2015 - 1:10 AM
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