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4 months post lumber discectomy--feeling GREAT!

AW1006AAW1006 Posts: 2
edited 01/14/2016 - 10:02 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
A common gripe on this forum is that it is filled with horror stories of failed surgeries and returning pain--I'm here to post my success thus far.
I am a true believer in that "once you're healed, you likely won't visit the forum on back pain." I read that several times on here and I find it to be true-- I've been living life so I never came back since my surgery--not even once. I'm a 28 year old male by the way.


July 8th 2015-- Getting ready for work in the AM when my back gave out and had me bed ridden for the day. Immense sharp pain in lower back. I couldn't even stand. Gained the ability to stand that evening and slowly walk.

The next few days I was limping and my body was twisted and leaning toward my left. I figured it was a chiropractic concern so I went to the chiro 4 times over 3 weeks after my pain started. I had little relief at the chiro. Made appt at my family doctor for treatment/MRI work. I had incredible sciatic nerve pain in my left leg.

Had an MRI in early August-- confirmed 2 bulged discs (l4/l5 being worst..slight herniation at l5/s1)

I was incredibly upset from July-late August and limping everywhere when I did walk/go out. Pretty much became a hermit and bed ridden when I wasn't working-- lost 20lbs in 2 months--pretty rough.
I worked the entire time (desk job) and just suffered through it. Tried steriod packs and had little relief. Finally made an appt with a neurosurgeon in late August.

Saw the neuro on September 7th--opted to have the microdiscectomy at L4/L5 on September 15 2015. Surgery started at 8AM. Woke up in ZERO pain (aside from incision) at 10AM. Neuro said that my nerves and spacings were "super tight" and that surgery was probably the only way that I would've had pain relief--no injections would've yielded great results.

I was discharged the next day--Took a week off of work to recover-- walked as much as I could bear to--

AND THAT'S IT! I took pain meds for my incision the first 4 days after surgery but I was 100% off meds by day 5 for everything.

I've been pain free since. I followed doctor's orders of NO LIFTING as best as I could--but as others have posted, it's hard to do because you feel like your old self.

Tomorrow is 4 months post op and I'm happy to report that I'm still feeling great. I started light weight lifting, went on a hunting trip, and have been getting back to my normal routine prior to the mishap.

My personal advice: Don't be afraid of the surgery. Mind your P's and Q's post-op and I'll bet you'll have a success story to post on here (if you remember to stop your busy, normal lifestyle you gain from it.)

Thanks all.
Back pain and left leg sciatica - July 2015
MRI revealing L4-L5 disc bulge - August 2015
Microdiscectomy - September 2015


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Bump-- I suck at updating since I'm out LIVING LIFE. It's 5 days past a YEAR since i had the procedure. Feeling great. From about 8 months post til now I've felt about 95% me. I don't live restricted but I do have a conscious instinct to watch my mechanics. I do get a soreness in my back after strenuous activity or "overdoing it"..but I this pain is not surgery related in my opinion-- just muscle soreness from lack of use because I take it easier than I did. No regrets here! Hope this helps.
    Back pain and left leg sciatica - July 2015
    MRI revealing L4-L5 disc bulge - August 2015
    Microdiscectomy - September 2015
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,138

    Thank you so much for sharing your success story!  I just love reading them, and am collecting links to them to make it easier for members to find them in the future.

    Good luck, and go out and live that life!

    Spine-health Moderator

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    It is always good to hear successful situations! Very encouraging!
    Thanks for posting yours!
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • AMWoodyAMWoody SurreyPosts: 97
    A great story to help all of us..I do believe as well that success is quicker for those who have got their treatment early.. I had to wait a year and I am 5 months psot op and doing well..
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