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Post op recovery I over did itv

RobertbendallRRobertbendall Posts: 8
edited 04/09/2015 - 8:26 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello everyone

I decided to write here because most of my google searches direct me to you and I received my microdiscectomy in Vietnam where my surgeon has given me highly inadequate advice.

I am on day 10 of my recovery after removing a l5/s1 herniation. The operation was a great success removing all of my back pain and just leaving me with occasional glimpses of sciatica. It was a simple operation.

I left hospital after 3 days and I was moving around freely. I limited myself in my walks so as to not over do it. I could have walked for more than an hour easily.

I did something very stupid and I hate myself for it. I had sexual intercourse 3 days ago. Now I can't believe I did. After I felt a dull feeling where my operation was and the incision hurt. I immediately iced it and ever since I have been in a poor state of mind thinking that I messed up the whole operation.

It wasn't painful but I just have a not pleasant feeling in that area and my back generally feels stiff and tender. I'm not confident in my walks like I was. after the activity I gave myself a nearly complete rest day the next day less so and today i went on a thirty minute walk but I've been resting ever since. I iced it first day and yesterday 3 times a day for 30 minutes and I got some volteral medicine. I haven't used ice today.

I'm resting a lot because I don't like the ache feeling. It's very scary for me as I haven't had this feeling post op. The dull numb feeling is getting better but the ache feeling is more apparent.

Is this a catastrophe? Have I undone the surgery ?

I feel so stupid because it was going so perfectly I totally knew I had to be careful but I was so pain free now it's tender and achy

Ps. My incision area hurts I think ice made that worse

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  • Hi Robert,

    The information you seek is on this site in the information areas. From my experience, you need to take it VERY carefully for the first six weeks. No lifting anything heavier than a kettle of water, no bending your back and no twisting your back. This is to let your spine and the surrounding tissues settle down after the surgery which, whilst discribed as minimally invasive by most, is actually quite a shock to your body. I would suggest that you restart your six weeks of rest now. After six weeks you should start to gently remobilise, making sure you don't lift heavy weights. Swimming is generally a safe bet, so long as you don't try to churn the water to foam.

    It is always best to get advice from a medical professional before resorting your physical activity. The above is just what I was advised during my recovery.

    Hope that helps.

    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.
  • RobertbendallRRobertbendall Posts: 8
    edited 04/11/2015 - 1:56 AM
    Thank you Steve

    Your words were wisdom to my ears

    It's feeling better everyday and I'm no longer in panic mode...just bored mode :)
  • FritzcrackerzFFritzcrackerz Posts: 246
    edited 04/11/2015 - 3:08 AM
    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.
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