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.