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My Microdiscetomy l4-l5

MattandersonMMattanderson Posts: 4
edited 12/26/2015 - 8:57 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all,

My name is Matt and I recieved an l4-l5 microdiscetomy on December 22nd 2015.

Let's go back to about me:

I am a healthy 27 year old male. I have been a restaurant manager the last 5 years so I am always standing and moving on my feet all day. I hurt my back about 2 years ago in the gym and have had pain and many other problems the last 2 years.

I went to many chiropractic and PT places over the last two years and just couldn't seem to get better. After two years all my coworkers know me as a humped over crooked man ( my body had gotten so used to the pain that I always walked crooked and everyone even guests could tell).
My pain level was not that high because my body made up for the pain by being so crooked.

All my PT's and Chiropractic doctors kept saying they could fix me over the last two years and I believed them since I was scared of surgery. I could barely do the excercises so I pretty much stopped doing them the last 6 months before now. My days were spent pain at work and bed rest with no social life on my days off. Once home from work I was bed bound and could barely get up. I had lost my life to this condition.

I finally decided to bite the bullet and get surgery which was 5 days ago. I have read so many reviews and updates about people on this site. Just thought I would share my experience as well.

First few days after surgery I was in a lot of pain and a lot of sleep and bed rest. After 3 days I stopped taking the oxi and I am in no severe pain. I haven't taken any drugs in two days now. I can get up and walk upright for the first time in years which feels great!

I have read a lot of people walk a few times a day as much as they can? At day 5, I can walk for a good twenty minutes with no pain ( but some exhaustion) which puts me back in bed for an hour . I feel like I feel too good to be true??? Should I be taking it more easy? I am not doing any lifting bending or twisting just walking. But my results feel more like a dream then what I ever thought I would experience after surgery.

Any support or feedback would be awesome!





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  • szylszyl Posts: 31
    edited 12/28/2015 - 5:39 AM
    Mattanderson said:
    Hello all,
    I have read a lot of people walk a few times a day as much as they can? At day 5, I can walk for a good twenty minutes with no pain ( but some exhaustion) which puts me back in bed for an hour . I feel like I feel too good to be true??? Should I be taking it more easy?
    Omigosh Matt - this post has got me so PSYCHED !!!! I've been a soccer player, runner, triathlete for over 30 years.
    This past summer, I was in an over 50 soccer tourney (which we won !) and 5 days later, I could not walk.....I could hardly stand.
    MRI said: significant unilateral L4-L5 subluxation....resulting in pain only on one side.
    After 2 epidurals, I tried to run again......resulting in immediate regression back to square one.
    Couldn't stand again ! Tried hi-tech stuff like Laser Activated Myofacial Active Release therapy......which was a complete waste of $$$$.

    It's now apparent I need the Microdiscectomy as well as a X-Stop on my right side to eliminate the compression on the one side of my disc.
    I am so glad to see you are recovering fine !!!
    However, DON'T OVER DO IT.
    Take it easy for at least 4 weeks.
    You are a lot younger than me, I would not even attempt running for at least 6-8 weeks post-op.
    Of course, you are young, so make it 4 weeks.
  • MattandersonMMattanderson Posts: 4
    edited 12/28/2015 - 8:36 AM
    Thanks for the intro!

    Yes I always had bad pain and also did the injections and always ended back up at square 1.

    Today marks day 6 of surgery. Before surgery I walked with a hunch because I couldn't stand up straight because of the pain. Now I am standing straight up with 0 pain. Once in awhile I get a TINY tingle down my left leg ( pain is a 1 out of 10) when that happens. I just need to take it easy and be blessed that recovery seems to be a fairytale dream recovery that I somehow have recieved!

    I have read people after a few weeks take a few steps back, so I am preparing myself just incase that happens to me! But I'm just staying positive and keep thinking I'm Better now then I was before surgery which is all I can ask for :)
  • zinethzzineth Posts: 4
    edited 12/28/2015 - 11:03 AM
    Though not an expert by any means, I can say that after my 2 microdiscectomies I was miserable with no relief. Finally out of desperation I caved in and had ALIF and woke up immediately relieved of all the back pain. My foot and outside calf are still numb, and I still have some minimal nerve pain, but that is to be expected and might not every go away. I really do wish you well. I wanted to be the one who had a great recovery the first time around and alas it was not meant to be.

    To be fair though, my rupture was unique and so massive I had emergency surgery. There was no time given for my body to attempt to heal on its own using conservative treatment due to the amount of material that was in my spinal canal.

    I feel light years better now over a year after the Fusion. I feel like a different person! Good luck on your recovery and do be careful not to overdo it!
    Massive rupture at L5-S1 July 2013
    Emergency microdiscectomy L5-S1 July 2013
    Revision microdiscectomy L5-S1 Feb 2014
    ALIF 360 L5-S1 Dec 2014
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