Hello there, I am fairly new to the site. I have been reading a lot of post but this is my first. I am 32 and have been fighting my back pain for about eight years now. the first couple was not so bad and I never had a thought about surgery. That was until about two years ago when my leg started to go numb and tingle. At that point I started the MRI's. Initially found that I had DDD in the L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 region. Over the next two years I went trough three sets of blocks, physical therapy and lots of drugs. Last year after a major episode I had MRI's and went to see two different NS's. One said lets see what the blocks do ant the other said he could do nothing. That was frustrating. Well back got a little better, but still hurt daily. I had another major flareup in July, went to the doctor, got shots, got MRI's and off to see a third NS. This time though I knew something had to be done. My doc told me the findings and it was not good this time. He said that now, L2-L3 and L3-L4 looked better, L4-L5 stayed the same, but my L5-S1 was bad. Last year it was herniated out the center. This year however, worse out the center and now badly out the right side, great I thought. Well here I am now three days out post-op L5-S1 discectomy right side. I am feeling okay, real sore as suspected. I am able to get up and move around some but taking it easy as much as possible. I have two things I would like input on. First is that the only comfortable position for me while watching tv is proped up on my back on the couch, which is fine now that I have finally discovered it works best. Not a real big concern but just looking to see if this is common or not. The other big thing is that I cannot lay flat on my back. When I do within about three to five minutes my entire right leg and rear go numb. Worse than before the surgery. My big question on this is has anyone experienced this and how concerned should I be about it. I go back on the 26 AUG for my first first-op check up, should I let it go till then and see if it subdues or call the doc now. I know I have read that if any was to go wrong after the procedure that it would be in the first week or two. But again I would like to know if this is common and will go away or should I go ahead and call my NS. Thanks for any input and just want to say this is a great site and has been very helpfull to me over the past year or so I have been reading for info.
microdiskectomy in August 2008, L5-S1, Right hemilaminotomy with medial facetectomy and microdikectomy L4-5, June 2009, redo right L4-5 microdiskectomy, September 2010
August 6, 2013 - Three level ADR, L3-S1, Spinal Kinetics M6L done in Germany.