Short history. Battling back issues for 5 years continuously. I've had 5 opinions, did physio with 4 different companies, exercised for 2 years, cupping, acupuncture, traction, 2 epidurals and still struggling. After my 4th MRI, I have:
Discogenic disease, spondylosis, diffuse posterior disc bulges and facet joint arthropathy at L4/L5 & L5/S1.
Moderate degree of end plate osteitis @ L4/L5 secondary to chronic discovertebral trauma. L5/S1 has a central radial annular tear. Levoscoliosis
Friday July 17th I had surgery. Initially we were going with Spinal fusion, but seeing 90% of my pain was in my right leg we decided to go with a discectomy, spinal decompression as well as open up the space around my S1 nerve root.
Unfortunately, my S1 nerve root was firing like crazy whenever he tried to move it to work so he couldn't shave much off the discs, but he got everything else done. I came out of a 3 hour surgery with all of the pain in my right leg gone.
. I stayed in over night for observation where I walked to the bathroom by myself etc and was discharged the next day.
I'm home now. It took 2 days for it to not burn when I passed urine from the catheter. Nerve pain in the leg fluctuates between 95-100% gone which I call success so far. I have very slight soreness around the incision which is about half a finger length long. I have dissolvable sutures so I've been able to shower, I get up and walk every hour or so with my brace on and have walked 30 mins one time so far. My instructions are to lay down and walk for 6 weeks. If I sit, it can only be 20 mins at a time and I must wear my brace. At 6 weeks I'll start therapy and at the 2 month mark I should be back to work.
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