I'm going to try to keep this simple so it isn't too much to read. It's chronological. I appreciate any feedback anyone can give me, so thank you in advance.
-Back pain January 2015
-Chiropractics end of January to mid February
-MRI middle of march -- Sciatica got SO bad and I couldn't take the pain, or walk.
(Result: 2 bulging discs, L4 and L5 with an annular tear, L5 and S1)
-Referred to physical therapy. Went through 2 facilities. Neither helped, only enabled temporary relief.)
-2 steroid injections middle of May, beginning of July.
-Went to a new doctor after 2nd injection did not work. He told me if I was in the kind of pain I was in after 3 months, it was time to consider surgery. By this time, I had been in pain/had back problems for 7 months. It was time for surgery. He said a new MRI was unnecessary, though the one he was going off of was from 4 months ago.
-Lumbar microdiscectomy on the L4/L5 (which was more protruded), surgery at the end of July.
Doctor said the bulge had practically hardened because it was left for so long. They didn't have to use the camera to look for it, as soon as they cut in it was extremely visible. He said the bulge could be removed quickly. Mine took them at least 20 minutes to remove. There was a lot.
It's been 4 months since my surgery. I have had one spasm where I wasn't able to stand. An anti-inflamatory helped in addition to rest and ice for about 2 days. The doctor said this would happen and it was okay. Before my surgery, I worked out 6 days a week, 2 hours a day. I did lots of cardio and strength training to get in shape and tone myself. The doctor said it would be about 6 months post-op before I should consider running again, and even then I should swim > bike > elliptical > jog > run (keep low impact on my spine) He didn't put me through more pt because he didn't want me to re-herniate my discs. Rest and waiting for it to harden over again would be best.
Does anyone have any thoughts or a similar situation to mine? I can't wait to be able to workout again, as I loved it before.