I had a l4l5 microdiscectomy 3 1/2 weeks ago. For 9 months I had horrible pain from a disc herniated to the left side. I tried physio, chiro, physiatrist, etc.
Like most, I was made to assume the back pain would linger but that the leg pain would be gone right after the procedure. That has not been my experience and I'm finding it so difficult wondering if the surgery was unsuccessful, or if I reherniated, or even if the problem was in my SI joint all along. I woke up from surgery with horrible leg pain. After 3 pills of some fabulous (narcotic) source I was able to walk and discharged home. That pain remained for about 4 or 5 days and then I started feeling better each day and becoming more active. I still had the pain but it was more of a bad ache in the leg. I dectrased my meds a bit and I was walking 1 or 2 kms per day and even did a short car trip (passenger). Then exactly 2 weeks after the procedure I was back to feeling the exact horrible nerve pain down my entire left leg again. I'd say it's worse than pre surgery because I have the recovery pain on top of the old feeling. I'm back on the NSAIDS, percs, ice and rest.
Needless to say I am beyond depressed. I gave up my job to stay home with my 2 little boys (almost 2 and 4yrs) and now we have had to hire a babysitter to come everyday because I physically can't do 90% of it.
I guess my question is: Had anyone else experienced this? Is this normal to feel just as bad or worse at almost 1 month post surgery? My surgeon is on vacation this week so I've had no luck getting answers.