Im booked September 9 for a microdiscectomy to the L5 S1.
I suffered with lower back aches and pains for 10 years on a minor scale. In 2010 I had a blowout of the L5S1. I believe this was the original herniation. I would mend after a few weeks taking it easy and then pretty much on cue a year later a relapse would occur.
After 4 times having the blowout which would sideline me for numerous weeks I then developed pains down the inside of my right groin and almost a numbness to my abdomen and what felt like also my scrotum and groin. I assumed this was nerve aggravation and then this pain stopped and the sciatic began. After 4 months with sciatic that's progressing more painful each day I have made the decision to get surgery.
I have done kitchens as a cabinet maker for 15 years and obviously it has been quite physical work. I love what I do and hope that after maybe 4 months away from work after the surgery that i will be feeling as good as i have in 10 years. I have also started working out with a local exercise physio doing a combo of light cardio and core strength work. This was started 1 to try and avoid surgery if possible and 2 build core strength and have a stronger body. Whilst the pain has forced me to surgery I am happy with the work i have done on my core and overall body strength and flexibility, so i will continue with that in the future. Basically starting a topic to see how people in physical lines of work have recovered after a L5S1 discectomy and to what levels they can work, pain levels etc. My other discs are in good shape but the L5S1 is degenerate and impinging on nerves. I am maybe 10 kgs overweight which I plan on changing, although with the way my body has been over the past years it has been hard to be motivated after a days work alone...
Another issue maybe adding to problem is I had a massive leg break right side tib fib in 2006. 6 months off work and had compartment syndrome as a result. I have permanent nerve damage to top side of foot ( very slight numbness) but overall after the injury I sustained I have made a good recovery. I also have right leg different length to other as a result.
Any topic feedback on physical labor after such surgery would be good. I am apprehensive for the surgery but my biggest worry is not being able to resume my work. Iam self employed...
Thanks for reading.
Andrew, Melbourne, Australiahttp://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/return-exercise-after-microdiscectomy-surgery