I am now almost two weeks post-surgery for microdiscectomy on L5-S1 and wanted to give an update for those who helped me prior to my surgery.
I was in total agony before the surgery - my husband had to go into the hospital to get them to bring a stretcher out to bring me to my room. I was in so much pain, I couldn't imagine walking into the hospital and up one level to short stay admitting.
After the surgery, I woke up and the intense buttock and leg pain was gone. I stayed the night in the hospital, since my surgery didn't start until 4 pm. I was incredibly sore at the incision site and felt very stiff and delicate when I got up to use the restroom. It was the first time in two months I was able to use the restroom without incredible pain. My right foot (the bad side) is still numb (was before the surgery), but I anticipate this will take awhile to resolve.
I have been walking since I got home - around the house at first, then graduating to walking outside two times a day for about 30 minutes each. It has been incredibly hard not being able to pick up my 6 week old baby, but now I can at least sit in a chair for a bit and hold him. I was not able to do this for the first four weeks of his life. I am trying to be as good with the no bending, lifting, or twisting restrictions as possible - I don't want to go through the herniation pain again!!
While I totally don't regret the surgery - I had no choice given how incredibly much pain I was in - I do have a few wierd things that I was wondering if anyone has dealt with... (I know it's still very early on post-surgery)
My right side was the painful side, but after surgery I have been having some twinges in my left buttock and leg. These are not anything I would call painful, given my presurgery pain, but odd since my right was the affected side. I am having a few twinges in the right leg, but I expected that.
I also have numbness on the upper/front portion of my left thigh towards the hip. Again, nothing terribly painful, but this is the most annoying - it makes sleeping on my left side a bit painful because it burns at times. I am not certain if this is due to the surgery/herniation or if this is something left over from pregnancy.
Anyone have any input on either of these two things?