Just need to get this out. I'm now one week out from having had a microdiscectomy to remove a large herniation at l5 which was compressing my s1 nerve root.
Prior to surgery, my condition had been misdiagnosed and I had been trying to function for 15 months in severe constant pain.
Last Monday (September 21), I had he operation. I can't really say if the pain was anything less on waking up as I had so much pain medication in hospital.
The day after discharge, the entire path of the s1 nerve root, from the top of my butt to my baby toe on the right leg had gone completely numb. I called my neurosurgeon who said it could take many months for sensation to return and that even then, I could be left with numb patches on my leg.
I also to him about sciatic twinges I had been having since after the surgery, eg when I push my butt into the bed or move my leg in a certain way.
As the days have rolled on, while some sensation has returned to my right leg, I can definitely feel some sciatic type pain, which is really depressing.
My ns said I could sit for 5 minutes at a time so this morning I did and started to feel my leg cramp up with sciatica again, so I got moving pretty quickly!
I'm having a really difficult time accepting this. I've had to put my babies in crèche (daycare) for the full day, I can't collect my daughter from school, I'm completely dependant on other people to lift my baby, etc. I'm so sad.
I've generally been good with my recovery, but I couldn't help picking up my 7 month old baby and holding her when she was upset a few times this last week. According to the rule book, she is too heavy for me to be lifting at once , but I'm her mom first, patient second.
Now I fear I've done some damage to the disc and reherniated again. The ns told me not even to sneeze too hard as I have a large hole in my disc where he removed the herniation.
Also, has anyone else had stiffness and poor range of motion in the hamstring and lower back following the same surgery? My range of motion is probably as bad if not a little worse than it was prior to surgery. I'm just so stiff!
Sorry if this reads all over the place. I'm just not in a great place right now.