Large central herniated disc L5S1

Large central herniated disc L5S1

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Large central herniated disc L5S1

I am 40 yrs old. I injured my back 10 years ago getting thrown off a horse and landing on my back. After many yrs of chiro it got better. 6 months ago I lifted something that was 65 lbs and threw out my back. Spent 2 weeks in bed, steroids, pain meds, etc. I had an MRI which showed a large central and right paracentral disc protrusion L5/S1 or herniation which compresses the ventral thecal sac and touches both s1 nerve roots. I did a course of PT for 5 weeks and it got a little better over time. But I still have pain when I sit. After a 5 hr car ride I was in a lot of pain in my sciatic, leg and I began tripping over my right foot. I have been seeing a neurosurgeon who have been monitoring my condition. Its been 6 months and still no resolution to my problem so he scheduled me for surgery in two weeks. I am scheduled for a lumbar micro discetomy. I am just wondering, my pain seems to change daily, one day my back will hurt, then sciatic, then the pain will go down one leg and then the other leg. Is that because the herniation is centrally located? As long as I do nothing I am fine. The minute I sit too long, walk to much or bend the wrong way, I have pain. I don't feel like I am in horrible pain, but it is annoying pain in my leg and top of my foot. This is effecting my quality of life. I am not able to do the things that I want to do in life so I opted for the surgery. I hope that I am making the right decision. Thanks

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Welcome to the board ~

It is somewhat disturbing when the pain moves around, but it is not that unusual when a nerve is being compressed. Some of it is situational. When you move a certain way, the nerve is pinched and you feel pain accordingly. When you lean forward, you feel relief because the position opens up a little space and the nerve can relax a bit.

I think you will be glad to have the surgery. It doesn't sound like it is going to improve with time, and with a nerve, you do run the risk of damage if you wait too long.

Good luck to you. Follow your surgeon's post-surgical instructions and do not do too much too soon in recovery. Sometimes people feel so great afterward that they try to do everything right away and end up hurting themselves again.

There is a lot of great information on the website as well as the forum. Be sure to read some of the articles so you understand what you'll be going through...and come here with your questions and concerns.

Gwennie

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I can tell you i had severe

I can tell you i had severe herniation on the mri doc could not see my left nerve to leg severe foot drop and aganizing pain then the pain was gone and i could barely walk. The spinal cord was also compressed do to disc pushing in also. The weakness is what i would worry about more then pain at your point cause to me ( not a doc) the weakness says nerves a beinjg damaged and compressed. The pain is telling you a story though and you need to listen as my doc told me when i would wake up in severe pain and now i sleep in a lumbar corsett (lol) i hope you get some resolve

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Gwennie, Thank you for your

Gwennie,

Thank you for your feedback. I have finally come to grips that the surgery is the right thing considering that I have tried everything else but failed. The pain has gotten worse and laying in bed doesn't seem to help anymore. So I am looking forward to getting some relief. I am having the surgery this Friday, lumbar microendoscopic disectomy. I will definetly follow the post surgical insrtuctions. It sounds like you have been through a lot in your life time, wow. Take care.

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5 days post op lumbar discectomy

I am 5 days post-op from lumbar microdiscectomy surgery and I am 100% better! All leg and back pain has gone away. It was the easiest surgery I have ever experienced. I was totally pain free hours after surgery. I am up and walking 30 min each day, I am also resting and taking it easy even though I feel like I can do anything. My surgery removed a portion of my l5s1 disc and it is now free from the nerve it was compressing. I am really glad that I decided to have the surgery. I hope this good feeling continues. Just wanted to check in.

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5 days post op lumbar discectomy

I am 5 days post-op from lumbar microdiscectomy surgery and I am 100% better! All leg and back pain has gone away. It was the easiest surgery I have ever experienced. I was totally pain free hours after surgery. I am up and walking 30 min each day, I am also resting and taking it easy even though I feel like I can do anything. My surgery removed a portion of my l5s1 disc and it is now free from the nerve it was compressing. I am really glad that I decided to have the surgery. I hope this good feeling continues. Just wanted to check in.

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post surgery

That's great you are feeling so much better so quickly. Be very careful not to overdo it. I was back at work full time 2 weeks after my L5-S1 microdiscectomy. I was not 100% better immediately following the surgery but maybe 80% better. You are correct, it was a very easy surgery for me too. Walk every day, several times, just like they have told you to. And DO NOT completely bend over at the waist for any reason!