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I Just wanted to talk a bit about my injury/recovery to hopefully help someone out. I herniated my L4/L5 disc from a hard snowboarding fall in February of 2016. My pain started out as pretty bad right hip soreness, so I assumed I just pulled a muscle or something. As time went on and I continued my physically demanding warehouse job, the pain gradually progressed down the back and outer edge of my right leg. I got to the point where my calf felt like I had a constant debilitating Charlie horse in it. I was at the point of crawling to the bathroom in the morning to get in a hot shower and loosen up enough to walk (with a limp). At this point I didn't have any health insurance, and didn't know anything about discs and nerves. I found that copious amounts of ibuprofen would help me quite a bit in surviving through the days.
My pain has changed over time, it would go through cycles of not too terribly bad (but still bad) to electric, burning, searing pain in my whole leg. Sometimes when my leg was on fire and nothing would help it, I would just lay down and cry. I wont get into it here but boy did that pain wear me down emotionally as well as physically, and throw me into a pretty bad state of depression.
I finally got health insurance and got referred to physical therapy. 6 weeks of this did nothing for me, but I had to do it to get approved for an MRI. Turns out I had a fairly large (17mm?) herniation at L4/L5. I got referred to a neurosurgeon and long story short I opted for a microdiscectomy. I didn't try EVERY conservative method but I now had been living with this for 18 months and dropped out of school because of it. I had to do something.
The first week was rough, I could barely make it to the bathroom and back without being drained. After about the third day, my nerve pain came back and I just felt devastated. The thing is, it was a different more dull pain than before. I still was super scared, but had read on here that it could be the steroids wearing off and inflammation kicking in. I hoped to God it was.
On the 7th day it was like a switch flipped, my nerve pain had deceased significantly. Every day after that I felt like I was progressing so much and started walking a lot. It felt so good to get outside. I still was (and am) careful to not do anything I shouldn't because I was (and am) afraid of reherniating. By about the second week, my leg pain was 90% gone. I'm now just under 6 weeks post op and feel a million times better. I sleep through the whole night, and wake up pain free every morning.
The only issues I have now, is that my whole body is super tight from not being active, and my back gets slightly sore if I sit too long. I'm looking forward to stretching and starting physio to loosen up and strengthen my body. Even though my back gets sore from sitting, its only if I sit for more than about 90 minutes straight, and it isn't even very bad. before I couldn't sit for 10 minutes without pain shooting down my leg.
I know this is a long post, but I just hope I can ease someone's mind out there, especially young people like me. I've never posted here, but this forum helped me out a lot. I also notice that a majority of posts are negative, which scared the crap out of me so I wanted to share my (so far) positive experience. I also apologize if this is in the wrong section but it seemed like a good fit. Feel free to ask anything or offer advice, thanks.