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.