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I'm 58-year old yogini that fell into a spine pain rabbit hole. I had an injury and some pain on and off for 2 years. After a chiropractic treatment, something happened that caused serious pain in my right leg and serious weakness (falling frequently). I couldn't walk and lying down was even more painful. I went to the neurosurgeon where the MRI showed a bone fragment pushing on the nerve in l3-l4 and had surgery about 2 weeks later. I wanted to get a 2nd opinion out of state, (we live in a smallish town) but the pain was too intense to travel. I'm concerned I rushed into surgery and should have waited, but it's too late for this monkey mind activity.
I'm 17 days post-op and freaking out that I still have nerve pain, numbness now in both legs, better than pre-surgery but still not all better. How many weeks til I can ascertain if I am in the 90% of those with success after minimally invasive microdiscectomy? Should I be doing some stretching to limit scar tissue formation around the nerve?