It's great to know that there are others like me out there, but really sad at the same time.
I'm Lorraine, I'm 45 years old, and I have had a micro-discectomy on L5 in July of 2012.
I've had back pain pretty much since I grew 7 inches in one summer (7th - 8th grade). Sometimes it would be really bad and I could barely walk, other times is was just a dull ache. When I was pregnant with my second child I developed sciatica and twice at work my legs gave out when I stood up from my desk and I fell the ground. Needless to say they put me on bed rest until I delivered her. After her birth my back felt much better and it was life as usual. With the occasional flare up.
I went to help my sister take care of her children after she broke both legs and had to have surgery in May 2012. I did a lot of bending over while cleaning and playing with the kids. I got a little sore, but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. When I got home the pain was a little worse, but I usually could rest up on the couch a couple of days and it would get better. It was different this time; nothing seemed to help, not even my muscle relaxer. One afternoon I was lying on the couch and sneezed. I honestly thought I broke my back I was in so much pain. Long story short my son rushed me to the emergency room and they gave me a lovely cocktail of medication that made me forget how bad the pain was. They prescribed Percocet and sent me on my way. My husband took me to my regular doctor two days later and she had an emergency MRI done as I was loosing my ability to walk. That landed me in a surgeon's office and he said he rarely recommended surgery right out the gate, but he feared I wouldn't be able to walk if I didn't have surgery. He indicated I already had some nerve damage. On July 5, 2012 I had surgery and was able to walk by the time I left the center. On my check up visit I asked if I needed physical therapy (PT) to which he replied no, just take these (3 pamphlets) and do the exercises in them. So I did for many weeks, and yet I felt I was going backwards in my recovery. To this day I still suffer with back pain on a daily basis, and quite honestly feel as if my "normal life" is gone forever. I used to play tennis, go to the batting cages, and my favorite thing ride roller-coasters. Now I'm lucky if the car ride to the store doesn't cause me a lot of pain. I don't take any medications for my back at this time. I gave up on the exercises and quite frankly pretty much everything fun. My life quality has gone downhill and I'm looking for hope.
I had lost a 100 pounds prior to my L5 blowing out (best way I can think to describe it) and because of my pain, I'm not active and the weight is creeping back, which I know is terrible for my back.
I'm hoping that someone has a story of victory and can encourage me to do what I need to do to get as close to my normal as I can.