I am 2 weeks to the day post-op L4-L5 Discectomy. Everything thus far has been great, almost too good to be true. I have followed doctors orders in that all I really do is walk around the house, browse spine-health every hour or so for 20-30 minutes and lay in bed. I have also been walking 2-3 miles a day when the tempature rises above 32*.
As of late yesterday I started to notice when I sit down my left leg begins to get "pins and needles" type numbness just as I had been getting prior to surgery. Knock on wood, I haven't had any pain yet. This morning again within a few minutes of sitting at the kitchen table eating breakfast my left leg began to go numb. This is really starting to bum me out. I should note, while laying in bed this does not seem to happen.
I know they say it takes time to heal and that you can have flare ups or whatnot, but this really sucks! I do not remember from my MRI how extensive my herniation was, but I do not think it was nearly as bad as many of you others here on this page. I choose to have surgery because the pain was starting to affect my daily life and job. Had I not choosen surgery I would likely have to seek alternate employment and that really is not an option at this time.
Who else has had this experience and did the numbness go away after time or did it continue to stick around? I haven't taken any medication, but I will take some ibuprofen today in hopes that it will assist in relieving this numbness.