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
There is nobody on the forum medically qualified to advice you, any responses will be from members personal experience