I had Lumbar L4-L5 microdiscectomy this last summer, July 15, 2015. I tried many of the same things a lot of people on this forum tried until deciding surgery was the way to go(( I took predisone 3 separate times for a pinched nerve, I got an epidural shot, I went to the chiropractor). I didn't feel much pain after I had my surgery because I would take long walks in the hot summer days of July, as adviced by my doctor.
Going back to the day of my surgery...the surgery was only supposed to take 1 to 2 hours, but due to complications, it took a little over 5 hours. The doctor said that my MRI was blurry and didn't truly reflect the severity of how much nerve damage I had. Therefore he considered my surgery unsuccessful because he wasn't able to pull out as much disk as he had intended to. He mentioned removing the disk completely, but only if I felt I needed to and he said I was too young for this surgery, since I am only 32 years old. I told him the last thing on my mind at that point was a second surgery.
Now that it is January in central California and we are having more rain than usual plus very cold days, I started having pain. Not in the same place, mostly my right calf and my foot. I guess its sciatica pain like before, but it doesn't ache the way it did before surgery, it aches less and differently. It doesn't feel like the same nerve pain, but at times it can be very bad. One question I have is, could this primarily be due to the cold? I know I need to stretch more and such, but it frustrates me that after all the time, money, and surgery, I am still suffering this level of pain. I'm sure losing some weight will definitely help, since I am currently 30 lbs over weight( this happened because of not being able to go to the gym for over a year and also because I wasn't able to move and walk around as much as I could before I had the surgery).
I am able to endure more standing and walking long intervals so I decided it was finally time to go back to the gym, to do a little cardio ( elliptical, treadmill, stair master). I'm getting into better shape and I notice that sometimes my toes on my right foot, where all the pain and issues is coming from, get a warm tingling, and that feels good. Sometimes these toes are numb, when I am not walking or moving a lot. I just worry that maybe I should be taking it slower, since I am going to the gym about 4 times a week. I love the sauna and the hot tub, it helps with my general muscle aches, and since the cold seems to be hurting me, being in the heat seems to really help. I am hoping to see a bigger change after I lose some weight and have been stretching and supersizing.
I just wanted to vent and share my experience with rest of the community. If anyone has questions or suggestions, or possible answers, please feel free to comment