I am brand new to this site and would welcome insight from any of you who might have experienced this problem!
I am an extremely active 46 year old woman. I have weight trained for 20 years, do cardio daily and take Pilates twice a week. Two years ago I jumped off a cliff in Hawaii into the ocean for fun but landed on my back. Shortly after, I began experiencing severe pain down the left side of my leg. I saw a sports chiropractor and was diagnosed with a herniated disc. After a year of working with him (and NOT lifting weights) I had an MRI done because I felt the therapy was not working. The MRI revealed that I had severe spinal stenosis.
I elected to have a series of cortisone shots which definitely helped!! The pain subsided greatly and I was able to resume MOST of my normal lifting activities. The ONE thing that caused awful pain was having to stand for any length of time (i.e. Disneyland). But, if I wasn't standing for long periods of time, I basically had ZERO pain.
I decided I was too young to have to worry about limitations as I travel a lot and do not want to be hindered by my condition so I decided to go ahead with back surgery.
My surgery was April 23rd. The surgeon said my disc was badly damaged and that he had to clean out a ton of fragments. The very first time I got up to walk in the hospital, I had shooting pain down my leg. NOOOOO!!!!
I am now 3 weeks post surgery and I still have the pain! My doctor gave me a prednisone pack which I'm just finishing up. I am curious to know if this is NORMAL and will get better?? I understand the nerve needs to heal- that's what the articles say. But it seems that if I'm experiencing leg pain, something must be pushing on the nerve, right? Or is it just so swollen in there that everything is compressed?
How long should I give it before I begin to worry?? I am anxious to resume my normal life again and I'm depressed thinking I'm going to have to contend with this pain forever...Help!