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Hi! L1-2 herniation here.

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in New Member Introductions


After a month of increasing pain and two weeks of progressive loss of the ability to walk, climaxing in three falls where my quadriceps gave out, I had a microdiscectomy on July 3. The surgeon was pleasantly surprised that I had maintained bladder function.

Anyway, 23 days after surgery (including 7 days of inpatient therapy and a week of outpatient therapy), the pain is greatly reduced, but I still am not allowed to walk without a walker and cannot get up steep stairs. I average one Percocet a day.

I hear that L1-2 herniation is rare, and wonder how long it will be until I can walk independently (or at least with a cane) and drive. My career involves lots and lots of time at the computer, as do my hobbies -- will I be able to spend 6-8 hours a day at the computer (with hourly breaks of 5-10 minutes, of course)? If not, I will probably need to enter another field. And, at what point can I transition from PT in a medical setting to prudent use of the gym at my apartment complex?

I'm sorry that this sounds like a lot of whining, but these are questions that I have. I wish you all the best with your recoveries.




  • welcome to spine-health...
  • to SH. All of your questions are very valid but since everyone recovers differently these are questions that only your doc can answer. It sounds like you are doing very well though and I bet that you will be up and around before you know it. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i know you will be able to get your questions anwered by your doctor. good luck and i hope to see you around the forum! Jenny :)
  • Yamaneko,

    I have a good friend who had a herniation at L1-L2. She had a fusion several years back and has led quite an active, albeit somewhat modified life. She is able to sit at the computer with breaks, can drive, and can walk moderate distances without support.

    Like PITB said, everyone recovers differently, so the best that we can do is share what happened with us and how we managed.

    You are in the right place.

    BTW, I like the username you have chosen!

  • haglandc: BTW, I like the username you have chosen!


    Thanks! ^(|)_(|)^

    (cat eyes)

    I hope that what I have to contribute can help in somebody else's recovery.


  • Hi There
    I had a spinal fusion L2-L3 and my understanding is that the higher levels are much harder to stabilize and can lead to more damage. That is what I have been told. I am working hard with clinical pilates and hydrotherapy but I doubt I will ever go to a regular gym. I need the advise of a trained physio. Clinical pilates is the key for core strengthening.
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