I am pretty new here but have been reading through all the posts and have found everyone's experiences so helpful! I did have some questions with my own situation and wanted to see if others had any input or advice. I am 31 and I had a L4/L5 microdiscectomy hemi laminectomy on June 1st and am in recovery mode but seeking input.
Everyone talks about how much they are improving over the course of time since their surgery and how much they are trying to not overdue it but at the same time increase their walking. I am finding it very hard to walk at all and have begun to get concerned with it. Immediately after my surgery I felt a definite improvement in my posture and my ability to stand up straight, as I had been only able to walk hunched over for several months (Think the witch from any Disney movie) Prior. I also felt much less leg pain the first week after surgery. Prior to surgery I was 90% leg pain in both legs down into my feet and toes with numbness and tingling and I only had 10% back pain.
Over the last 4 weeks I have started to get some pretty severe sciatic pain in my right leg only, from my buttock to my foot any time that I have been walking for more than 5 minutes. The pain is so bad I need to immediately lay down to relieve it. This pain is worse than the pain I had and was used to before the surgery.
My doctor said its nothing to worry about and that it can take 6 months to a year to completely go away and in some cases it can be permanent. They told me to keep taking the pain meds and that we could start to worry more if things didn't settle down in the next 6+months. I am currently 4 weeks post op and have taken a steroid pack and have seen no positive changes. Today I actually started to have restless leg symptoms in both legs just as I had prior to the surgery. I'm also having a really hard time sleeping at night now and trouble rolling over onto my side, which is troublesome. I also have noticed this week that I am not completely able to stand upright like I was right after surgery. I am starting to hunch again and feel oddly off balanced.
I guess I just feel like something is wrong. The pain is super intense and at times electric feeling, like when I first herniated my back. I need to immediately stop what I am doing and "freeze" until the electric feeling goes away. I don't feel like I am getting better or making progress.. Instead I feel it's getting worse.
Any experiences you may have had with the same things would be helpful to ease my mind. Or advice on how to make myself more comfortable and be able to increase my walking.