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L5-S1 DISC EXTRUSION 21 years old Microdisccetomy

itzklsiitzkls Posts: 2
edited 05/03/2015 - 9:04 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My name is Itzel,
i am 21 years old female, previous to this injury i was very active and enjoyed exercising everyday running, biking hiking, everything.

on 01/10/15 I woke up with terrible pain down my leg that caused me to cry and scream even if i attempted to drive.
I saw a chiropactor for about 1.5 months who did adjustments,traction which provided relief from pain. on a Scale from 1-10 my pain is at about 1 ---2 depending. the first few months i had a hard time walking but its much more than that now i can walk for miles but the mental stress this has put on me is unbearable. I completely understand this could be much worse but just the thought of having to deal with more back problems all through my life makes me feel so anxious even as I write this.

I limp, cant walk on my tiptoes or do calf raises with my right leg and my pinky and toe next to it have been numb for about 4 months now.
About 1 month ago i was finally sent to a neurosurgeon and we found out i have an extruded disc at the L5-S1 level which is about 10% of the disc is compressing the s1 root.
Theres so much i want to do but now I'm scared that i will mess up my back again even thinking of a car accident that could make things worse is so stressful. For crying out loud even gaining weight has been such a big stress factor my hair is falling out in bunches.
about one month ago I experienced and acute panic attack while driving both my arms and legs went numb and i though i was having a heart attack. anyway !
I'm Scheduled for Microdisccectomy next friday 05/08/15 and im freaking out ... all this time i've been relying on friend and family to be there for me but I'm sure i've already exhausted them with my physical and mental problems.
I just want to be able to resume a healthy active life style. i know i wont run again but i just want to be normal again.
please if you have any tips or even words of encouragement , good vibes send them my way.


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  • ScottGKSScottGK Posts: 36
    edited 05/05/2015 - 5:31 AM
    Hi Itzel,

    First off, I know first hand what you are going through. I'm in my late 30's (so a bit older than you) but a very active individual. Been in athletics my whole life, and currently a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.

    Like you, I have an extrusion at l5/S1. Started off as a disc bulge, progressed to an extrusion. Been dealing with it for about a year now. If

    I've tried everything to get healthy. You name it, I've tried it. The leg pain just won't stop. It's torn apart my life, and at times I get very down and depressed. The key is you have to remain positive. You have to believe your situation will get better, with time. I actually met with my surgeon this morning, and I go in for a microdiscectomy 5/15. I see this as my new chapter in life. And I'm ready to beat this problem.

    Stay strong, it is not the end of the world. You are young, and you have your entire life ahead of you. You can do this.

    All the best in a FULL recovery:) Message me anytime for support.

    Scott Giles
  • Hey Itzel! I know exactly what you're going through. I'm 22 years old and had a L5-S1 Micro just over 3 weeks ago. I suffered with back and leg pain/numbness for over a year, and after trying physio during that time I was unable to see much improvement. Like you I'm very active (running, biking, hockey ect...), and not being able to do any of these things really put a lot of stress on me.

    Everything you are feeling is so normal, I know because this all happened to me... Do your best to stay positive and be confident that you will see improvement. I'm three weeks post op and although I'm still feeling some minor leg pain, I feel so much better than I did before surgery and I'm confident that I will be able to do the things I love again! Don't say you won't be able to run again, because from what my surgeon has told me, there's a very good chance you will be able to if you work at it. Let us know how your surgery went and if you have any questions let me know, I'm a few weeks ahead of you here so... take it a day at a time and don't get discouraged!
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