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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
I saw my OS today. He offered two routes to get relief from my Sciatic pain. I either could do spinal epidurals or have the MicroDisketomy. I have already done the epidurals in the past. They didn't work all that great. So I opted for the surgery. I am scheduled for Monday! I can't believe how fast this is happening. So I did my PAT today and then stopped by my PCP's office and got an EKG done. Also I spoke to my PCP and he is happy with the doctor that I have. So that makes me feel better as well.

The ONLY way to fix my back with no guarantees is a fusion. I just want the sciatic pain to go. I can leave with a backache. I am used to those.

Good Luck!



  • I don't know what a micrdiskectomy entails but I wish you luck tomorrow. Please let us know how you are feeling and when you get back home.

  • ROBIN:

    I had a hemilaminectomy in 2/06. The sciatic pain was totally unbearable for me. HOWEVER, when the nurse was wheeling my bed from the operating room to the recovery room I woke up. I COULD TELL THE OPERATION WAS A SUCCESS RIGHT THEN AND THERE. Yep. I was up walking around the hospital that afternoon and night (after the anaesthesia wore off) and left the hospital a day early. The only problem was that I waited so long to have the surgery and that caused permanent nerve damage (the disc pressing on the nerve) in my right leg. I still have other back issues that plague me, but I do have to consider that surgery a success.

    The only thing is that I felt so good that I went back to normal every day things, where I should have taken smaller steps (build up gradually).

    So, if your doc says take it easy - no matter how well you feel, TAKE IT EASY!

    I wish you much luck and success with your surgery. Keep us posted, 'k?

  • Hi Robin, hope your surgery went well i had this procedure last friday and have felt brill since like #2 said soon as i was woken the pain down the legs was gone hopefully it will be the same for you and as was said already take it easy even though you will feel great,good luck! chris.
  • I feel SO much better! I woke up free of Sciatic pain. It has been a week. Last Monday morning when my doctor told me that I would be feeling better after the surgery, I was hopeful. This is amazing. Don't get me wrong, I still have some numbness in my right foot and I feel like a mule kicked me in my lower back, but the Sciatic pain is about 80% gone! It only flares up when I do too much. I am learning to listen to my back. I am taking 3 weeks off from work. I hope that will be good enough. I work in cube world, so my biggest problem is sitting all day.

    Good luck to everyone!

  • Let me say congratulations and best wishes in the next few weeks. I am trying to get this operation done soon so it helps to hear a success story.

    Relax and get well soon.
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