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Post Microdiscectomy Boredom

emaineemain Posts: 1
edited 03/29/2015 - 8:01 AM in Depression and Coping

I'm 16 and used to have a very active lifestyle prior to the pain caused by my herniation 7 months ago. (I'm pretty sure the cause was discus, pretty ironic hey!) In the previous 7 months, although I had to stop most sports, I still had a busy lifestyle due to school.
Last Friday I had a L5/S1 microdisectomy and since have felt amazing with the exception of twinges of pain in my leg.

I was wondering how everyone copes with the length of the required recovery?
The thing that gets me most is how bored I've been, I worry because it's only one week post op, and there are still 4-5 weeks recovery time left..

Any advice or tips on minor things I'm allowed to do in the first few weeks post op to make it a bit easier?



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  • FritzcrackerzFFritzcrackerz Posts: 246
    edited 03/29/2015 - 9:13 AM
    I didn't wait after my discectomy, overdid it too soon, reherniated the disc and wrecked my back, needing a fusion to stop it getting worse. Ended my ice hockey referee career. So please, take it really easy and seek advice from your surgeon or PT before doing anything harder. It's frustrating, I know. But you really do have to be slow and steady to win this game.

    Life doesn't have to be boring whilst you wait. You just need to find a sedentary activity you can do for a few weeks. If you can bear it, keep in touch with friends and watch from the stands for now. Makes it a whole heap easier when the time comes for you to join in again.

    If you really want to exercise, start with very gentle swimming once your scar has healed over. But get doctors / PT permission first.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • I hear you and will agree that the pure boredom or perceived impression of laziness can drive you to do things too soon. Do NOT let it happen.

    Instead, here is a list of things I did to pass the 2 months I spent at home:

    Caught up on all the seasons and missed episodes of my favorite shows on Netflix; played online games; watched movies; worked on my scrapbooking; walked on the treadmill; wrote thank you notes; balanced my checkbook; organized upcoming trips for family vacations; read books; joined a health club to swim (very low key) in the pool and sit in the hot tub; cleaned out drawers and organized files; printed photos on my color printer to add to our family albums; walked around the mall; made grocery lists for my husband; planned weekend fun, the list goes on and on.

    But basically, the time can be filled with lots of things from purely fluff to actually getting things done and organized. Don't let guilt or cabin fever ruin your recovery.

    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • That list sounds great, the only thing I would note is that my doctor told me to be careful with hottubs -- not to sit in them because of microdiscectomy scar not being fully healed yet. Love that "wrote thank you notes" was an entry -- I did that too. Surgery puts things in perspective! I actually got a coloring book and crayons from my sister, and so I drew and colored random things and then mailed them to people. :)
  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 767
    edited 05/01/2015 - 7:47 AM
    Yes I hear you. I had to wait several weeks for my two 5" and one 1" incisions to heal before the pool was an option.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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