I have been reading quite a few of these threads for a while, so I thought I would finally sugn up and contribute to the community.
I am 26 years old with a herniated L5-S1 lumbar disc which I sustained playing tennis.
Initially diagnosed as a hamstring tear (due to no back pain and searing lain down my left leg) it was left untreated for quite some time.
After a few hospital visits due to pain,, seeing a variety of neurosurgeons, and waiting for my disc to heal itself over the course of 7 months (it didn't) I recently decided to undergo a microdiscectomy for relief. This was undertaken 5 days ago. I was told it went well, but that there was also a crack in the disc with some leakage of fluid which they were not expecting.
After coming out of surgery, I immediatelty felt relief in my left leg but am in quite a bit of discomfort at the site of the inclusion.
Accordingly, I thought I wod ask everyone a few questions about their experiences (and I apologise if these have been asked before)
1) How long in your experience did it take for the surgery discomfort to resolve? Does the eradication of leg pain indicate a successful surgery, or can it return a few weeks out?
2) I have a 4 week sitting restriction (cannot sit for more than 15 mins at a time). Is this common?
3) Does anyone have experience with weaning off the medications and a rough timeframe for this? I have been on oxycontin 10mg sustained release 2xday since September last year. I am currently on Targin since the surgery and am very concerned about the withdrawals.
4) When has everyone recommence exercise and sport? Before my injury I would swim, play tennis and do light weighfs and cardio at the gym. I am keen to get fit again but will discuss with my neurosurgeon. Just wanted to get a feel for everyone's experience in this regard.
Thanks everyone, and nice to "meet" you all