I had a L4-L5 discectomy Dec 7, 2007. I am healing very nicely, some days I don't even have pain! Mostly, I am a bit stiff after sleeping every morning, but the ice pack on my commute solves that issue. I have been extremly careful with no twisting since the surgery (doc says 1 year with np bending, twisting or heavy lifting) the bending I'm working on, but I have to remind myself it's not advised. So, all in all, I am getting better.
Here's my problem. About every 3-4 weeks (has been happening since surgery) I get this horrible muscle spasm in my lower back. It kills me! There is nothing I can seem to do to get it to go away except wait. It basically paralyzes me from lower rib cage to knees. I can't sit, lay, stand or sleep. Just bawl like a two yr old!
My doc (surgeon) tells me I just have to deal with it. Not the solution I was looking for. I cannot seem to convince a doc anywhere that I am NOT a pill junkie (no one will give me anything more than an asprin).
I don't know how to cope with these days. Any suggestions that may help this spasm go away? I use ice, heat and sit in the hut tub - nothing has helped.