Hello, I'm Gigi. I'm a 29 year old female that has been living with degenerative disc disease and herniated discs since 2010. In November 2014, I learned that I have spinal stenosis. I've been to the ER several times since then because the pain was unbearable. I've been seeing a neurosurgeon regularly since November 2014, to keep close monitoring on it. I've had MRIs that were used to diagnose my condition and also X-Rays.
I exhausted all conservative treatment options including physical therapy for 3 months, 3 epidural injections, and medication (Norco 5-325, Percocet 10-325).
A week ago, my pain got SO bad, that once again, I was sent to the ER through ambulance to get my back pain managed. I was in the ER for 30 hours before being taken to get MRIs done. One was without contrast, one was with contrast. It was just a few hours after that, that I learned I'd be going into surgery. Just a month before, I told my neurosurgeon that I wanted to wait it out. I had many personal reasons for that. I was supposed to see him in two months. Little did I know that the stenosis would get worse, so quickly and I'd be so on board for surgery. I ended up having the surgery the day after I was told that was the treatment plan. I didn't even hesitate to agree to it. This was my first spinal surgery so I was nervous but hopeful.
According to my neurosurgeon, the surgery went as planned and as soon as I woke up from surgery, I felt so good!! My profile picture was taken just 2 hours after my surgery. I was all smiles and the leg pain I had was immediately gone! Woohoo!!
So, right now, the plan is to rest, ambulate with my walker, then add a cold compress to my back to help reduce inflammation. I'll be getting in-home physical therapy twice a week. My PT guy is going to look into getting a TENS unit for me as well. We're hoping my insurance will cover it.
So, that's where I'm at. I was in the hospital for a total of 6 days. I'm so happy to be home. I'm still very sore and stiff but happy and very optimistic about recovery. I joined this board to make some new friends and hopefully learn a thing or two.
Thank you for reading this far.
Micro disctectomy and Laminectomy April 30, 2015
(Lumbar L-4, L-5)