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Lumbar Microdoscectomy L5 s1 post op week 2

Gray22GGray22 Posts: 1
edited 06/30/2015 - 10:29 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I wanted to share my story in hopes of maybe getting feedback that can help me and possibly help others.

5 years ago in a college basketball practice I had tweaked my back and had to take two weeks off. Went to the docs said it was a pulled muscle and to relax, so that's what I did. Weeks when on where I began getting numbness, tingling, and a pinching pain in my back to the point where, I'd be running and my leg would give out and I'd fall. My teammates would laugh but it wasnt serious then I thought. Years went by and the numbness would come and go, until it eventually shifted from my right side to my left. Being a 26 year athlete I didn't think anything of it, like usual just normal wear and tear on the body of being an elite athlete.

August of this year I found out I have herniated disc in my back nothing to crazy, with physio treatment and relaxing everything should be okay. I kept playing and took all necessary treatments, precautions if needed, and even practiced less.

September of this year I was warming up in an exhibition CIS basketball game, and as normal routine I jumped up for a rebound and landed to get the ball. When I landed I turned to take a step and felt a huge pop in my left hamstring, a ridiculous pinched in my back, few secs later my entire left leg went number and I could t move. The nerve was pinched so severe in the left side I thought I was paralyzed and would never walk again.

After hospital visits and morphine the pinching in my back never went away, the numbness never went away. Walked with limp because I had sever drop foot and couldn't feel my entire foot. Everything I did I felt crippled for a lack of better words, and it actually out me into a depression. I couldn't play basketball, I lost a entire season of eligibility. And now had to look at a year of rehab.

After 8 months of waiting for doctor referrals and MRI's results, I've gotten surgery and feel awesome. I've had the lumbar microdiscectomy and feel great. I was walking 3 hours after the surgery, and out if the hospital later that day. The constant leg numbness, throbbing, pinching, and pain in the left leg had gone. The only pain I have been having g is due to the leg cramp from the pressure on my nerve, that's now non-existent. I do have some numbness due to the drop-foot but doctors says it may take 6th months to get back. The back feels free but can't do any bedding or twisting movements.

It's day 8 and I've been walking all over and my head space has been so free of stress. My only concern are the occasional back pain I get from sitting upwards to much sometimes , but I assume that's normal.

My only advice to people who may be you f athletes like myself it anybody In general, relax and take your time. I would love to hear how very one else is coping though, it's still early for me and sometimes I feel really impatient. If anybody has advice please do lend me some, I'm young and hardheaded and trying my best to be positive. They say I can't play basketball again but I refuse to believe that, I do to know I just felt the need to share since I haven't talked about it at all.

I look forward to the support and anyone with advice.

Best regards,


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  • Gray,

    I just posted a big post in this section awaiting approval, but thought I would comment anyway. Hang in there. Like you, I am an athlete...I was a swimmer in college and now spend my time heavy into CrossFit, surfing, kitesurfing, stand up surfing, swimming, and work as a Police Officer, so a pretty demanding job.

    Like you, I had my spine surgeon say never to do CrossFit again, but i think it saved my life. Also like you, I wont take a doctors two cents and not do what I love ever again unless I knew for a fact it would ruin my life.

    Athletics and being an athlete is something youll always be,. I am 2 months post op and have the green light to workout slowly and bbuild back into life. I swim, do core work, and focus on form in everything now. I can bend and twist now and my back feels great.

    My back is tired from sitting a lot as I am working inside a police station instead of the streets for another 4 weeks...so I understand your pain or frustration with the "achy" or "tired" back feeling. It feels kinda like a nonstop small annoyance after you sit. But when you walk and move, the back feels great! It is common.

    I didn't have flop foot, but I lost the ability to stand on my right tip toes and also raise up on my right toes alone from the ground. I just found out I was able to walk on my tip toes a week or so ago...can can start to raise up on my right toe alone about 1/4 of thhe way which is a huge improvement...especially walking on my tip toes.

    It takes time...youll recover quick, but take your time. You will find being an athlete you will recover a bit quicker. I suggest you walk a bunch and keep your head up. You will play bball again and enjoy your life. It is a minor bump in the road, but nothinhg you cant recover from 110%.

    PM me with any questions.

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