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Microdisectomy, caring for a child and the hope of future pregnancy

vanessamarie1vvanessamarie1 Posts: 6
edited 06/19/2015 - 3:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I havent seen much on this topic so I decided to share my story. I delivered my first child at 35 years old via c section on 4/18/14. I had sciatica during much of my pregnancy (this is typical) But a few months after I had my baby I decided to see a pain management doctor for my worsening sciatica. I was exclusively breastfeeding at the time and the sciatica was driving me crazy and seemed to be getting worse. Pain management suspected a disc herniation and after my MRI an 11mm disc herniation of the L5/S1 was confirmed. I was given 3 ESI over the course of 6 months or so but each time the pain relief was just temporary lasting only about 2 weeks. I managed the pain with ibuprofen and the occasional Norco. Through my research I decided that Norco is safe during breastfeeding as long as the dose remains relatively low. I returned to work 4 months after having the baby but I drive long distances and sometimes had difficulty getting out of the car. I think my case was unique because I had little pain as long as I was up moving around, but driving, sitting and sleeping were painful. I share this because after exhausting all conservative treatment (pilates, pt, esi, core strengthening, acupuncture, traction, inversion table etc). 6 months or so after my diagnosis I had an appointment with a neurosurgeon who believed I would heal with time and advised against surgery but asked me to come back if my condition worsened or didn't improve. Fast forward to a year after my diagnosis my pain transformed to muscle stiffness along the entire right side of my body (at all times) and the sciatica remained. After a repeat MRI the herniation was now 6mm but crowding the nerve more. I want more children and the neurosurgeon advised to take care of this before getting pregnant and that if all goes well I can conceive as early as 3 months post op. My surgery is one week away and I will continue to post my recovery and what its like to take care of a 14 month old post op. I have made arrangements to never be alone with her for 8 weeks post op so I am less tempted to pick her up. Please pray for me and message me if you have any questions.

Also if someone has experience caring for a young child after back surgery, could they please give me some advice? My daughter is so
attached to me and I am nervous about how I will continue to be a good mommy while recovering.

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  • vanessamarie1vvanessamarie1 Posts: 6
    edited 06/27/2015 - 10:08 AM
    I am just under 48 hours post op L5/S1 microdisectomy. I woke up and the sciatic nerve pain was gone! The operation seems to have been a success and the post operative pain is manageable. I have to say what hurts the most is my neck. I probably have some strained muscles from the way they lay you on the operating table. I spent only one evening in the hospital and am home now resting. My 14month old comes home tomorrow. I will need to be careful as to not pick her up or do anything strenuous. Thankfully I have help from my husband, and family while i recover. I prayed a lot and so did others that I know. I was extremely nervous but it looks like this will have a happy ending. Stay tuned
    Vanessa Pare
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 06/27/2015 - 12:26 PM
    I'm glad you are feeling so well post op!

    And it's good you have hands on support people around you!
    They will be great help to you while you recover.

    Best wishes during your recovery!
    Please keep us posted
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  • The 3rd day of recovery after the micro D was by and far the hardest day. Physically I feel great but the 3rd day was when my 14 month old came home. We were both very emotional, her because she couldn't understand why I couldnt hold her and walk around with her in my arms like I did before the surgery. The doctor instructed me to only allow her to crawl in my lap when I was in a seated position.
    The morning of the 4th day of recovery was especially difficult because she wanted to breastfeed when she woke up like we did before I left for surgery. We decided that this was the best time to wean since breastfeeding is hard on the back and she was already away from me for three days. But after 30 minutes of screaming she took a nap and woke up a happy baby.
    My husband has taken some time off work to care for the baby. We just returned from a mile walk which seems like such an accomplishment after being out of surgery for less then 96 hours. I decided to lay down for a little while to make sure I am not over doing anything. I do feel like sitting puts a lot of pressure on the back so I am trying to minimize it.
    Vanessa Pare
  • I am one week post microdisectomy. Things have been good. I get an occasional twinge in my butt, foot and calf. I think the worst part of recovery is the anxiety of reherniation. My 14 month old is becoming a little more understanding that i cant pick her up like I use too. But occasionally I think about pushing myself and then remember its not worth it.
    I purchased a 30 inch grabber that has been so helpful. The one think I can still do for my family is cook. This helps me feel like I am still contributing. I am so grateful for all the help I get from my family. I hope the recovery goes smoothly
    I am already up to walking 3 miles a day but do only about a mile at a single time.
    Vanessa Pare
  • LisajgxLLisajgx Posts: 9
    edited 07/28/2015 - 11:28 AM
    Really pleased you're doing so well after surgery. I've had lumber fusion twice on l4-s1 when my sons were 3 & 5. It's so difficult when your kids are little and need you.
    Hope the recovery is still going well and you're getting lots of support. Don't to too much to early or be tempted to lift anything you shouldn't.
    You mentioned about hope for future pregnancy. This is where I am now. 14 weeks gone and my last op was in Feb this year, so slightly mad in my household!
    I couldn't find much info about pregnancy after back surgery
    Let me know how you're getting on.
  • Hi,

    Im so happy I came across your post! Glad you're doing well & the surgery was successful! I have just been put into a waiting to have a microdiscectomy in the next 2 weeks & I have a 2 year old son. He's constantly wanting to run around to be chased or play and get picked up etc and I feel horrible when I'm in agony & can't do it but eventually I give in.

    I know obviously post op I won't be able to do this so reading this gave me reassurance. How are you finding the pain now? Has it completely gone? Mine is also L-5/S1!

    Hope to hear from you soon
  • melissa1987mmelissa1987 Posts: 1
    edited 08/03/2015 - 10:02 PM
    How are you feeling? I have a 16 month old and a 7 week old.

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