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My introduction (L4/L5 & L5/S1 microdiscectomy)

Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum, and have already posted in another topic area (specific to my recovery), but was advised by an admin to introduce myself to the Forum here...

As you can see from my topic, I'm here after having a recent (June 5th) DOUBLE microdiscectomy (L4/L5 & L5/S1) after 3+ months of suffering from terrible and increasing right-side sciatica from the buttock down to toes. After trying the course of more conservative treatments (PT, meds like vicodin & ibuprofen, and 2 rounds of steroid injections), I finally accepted the fact that surgery was necessary.

I'm happy to report that it was IMMEDIATELY apparent that it worked, and I was walking upright and with no sciatic pain within 45 minutes of waking from the anesthesia! I took 2-weeks off from work (I'm a teacher, so nothing too physically demanding), and have been able to walk, walk, walk, which has allowed me to get stronger and regain some general conditioning that was lost during my months of decreasing activity.

As I describe in more detail in my post in the "recovery" topic area, my healing has been upward, but there have been moments of "setbacks", where I experienced discomfort or pain. But, my surgeon believes all is within the realm of a "normal" recovery, and I will place my trust in his words. And, as I've found on this forum, there are others who are going through this roller coaster ride of recovery as well, which helps so much to know...

I am so very grateful for the existence of this site and forum. Take care, and here’s to our improving health!

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Double microdiscectomy (L4/L5 + L5/S1), 6/5/2015


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 06/24/2015 - 8:59 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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