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Three days post-op L5-S1 discectomy right side

jpntd00jjpntd00 Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
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.
Jason
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.
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  • I haven't had a microd. myself, but I know that afterwards things can be very bruised or inflammed and that can take a couple of weeks to settle down. As for lying flat, I always get terrible back pain if I lay that way - I need to have my knees bent a least a little bit. Have you tried lying with a pillow behind your knees? That helps the spine to stay in neutral position and reduces the strain that you are putting on it. As Paul said, if you are having any symptoms that are really worrying you, give your surgeon a call to check and put your mind a rest. Meanwhile, chill out, rest up and take it easy - you need time to heal. Take care, Spicey
  • Well thanks for the comments, I know it is early so will keep up the meds and rest and see what happens.
    Jason
    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.
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  • Also has anyone found that sitting, well propped up rather than straight up is more comfortable, also is this bad or could delay healing?
    Jason
    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.
  • Hi there....it has been 2 weeks since my L5S1 discectomy and decrompression surgery. I wasn't sure at all what the recovery time would be like, but have found that the main piece of advice (which I find hard to take myself!) is TAKE it SLOWER than you think you need to!
    Did the hospital not give you a booklet of info on what to do/not do for the first few weeks?
    The advice about pilloes under your knees is a good one, also using a formed pillow that contours properly to your neck. I was not used to sleeping on my back, but those suppports really helped with the recovery. Also, when lying on your side, make sure you have a pillow between your knes so that your spine is aligned correctly. "Log roll" out of bed and use your arms to push up to a sitting position.
    I had so much pain with my right leg and bottom before, I had to go to the emergency department for pain injections.
    I have some "numbness" in my right heel post surgery, and some timgling down the back of right knee and thigh, the doc says the nerves need time to heal, as I was in pain for a very long time...(probably not as long as you, however.) My surgeon also said it may be permanent...but time will tell.
    At least there is no pain in my leg.
    I had 22 staples in my lower back, which I got removed this past Tuesday (14 days after surgery) and the incision seems to be healing well.
    The muscles in my back are very weak, however, and am doing "tummy tucks" and "buttock tucks" whilst lying down to help my back muscles get strong again....but not too strenuous. I am walking about 1/2 mile a day now (sometimes with a cane on the way back) slowly, and am able to do stairs, etc. I do get tired easily, but then again, I wasn't active before surgery due to pain.
    So far, I am happy with the surgery...its nice to NOT be in agony! Good luck with your recovery.
  • Hi again...forgot to mention that I find sitting up in a straight back chair with a lumbar support better for my back....however, while watching TV I also lie in bed on my back with two pillows under my bed. The soft couch is too hard to stay for more than a few minutes. Also, my doc advises not sitting for more than 10-15 mins. at a time.
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  • I was told that I should be lying down or up and moving. I was advised only to sit for short periods of time such as to eat meals. It took a long time before I was comfortable sitting again! If you haven't been given any restrictions then I would do what's comfortable, but sitting does put a lot of strain on your lower back so make sure you are well supported if you are sitting up at all. Good luck! Spicey :)
  • Laying back straight or standing is better for you. I dont think propped up would be too good for your spine.

    Christina :)
  • Thanks all. I am using a body pillow when lying on my side with a mem foam contour pillow. I have tried to put pillows under my knees when on my back but it doesn't help much. I can only stand about 10-15 min of it. I didn't as big as an incision but also no staples or stiches. Yesterday was a bad day for me, so far today is better. I do however find lying on the couch with two pillow under my rear for support on the arm the best position, I only sleep for a couple of hours at a time at night. I roll over on my back while asleep and it wakes me up. Tonight I am going to try to sleep on the couch. I am having a bit of trouble taking it slow though. I am very hard headed and this is my biggest challenge. My wife is doing her best to take care of me, but sometimes I get impatient and just get up on my own, she fusses but it just bounces off my head sometimes. The one thing I am relieved of is that the pain and numbness seem to be normal. I don't know how long that disk has been that bad but as stated I have been fighting my back for about eight years now. And with 5yr old twins it was a hard decision for surgery but the option of surgery verses perm nerve damage out weighed. I will keep trying to take it easy but as I am finding out time will tell.
    Jason
    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.
  • Hi there...glad you had a good day today...take it one day at a time...and TRY not to do too much. My PT gave me a good idea....take stairs a certain way...(if one side was bad before surgery)...take you first step on stairs going UP with your GOOD foot (side) and the first step going DOWN with the BAD side...and the mantra to repeat is..."UP with the GOOD, DOWN with the BAD." My hubby keeps telling me what NOT to do, but it gets frustrating, I know,...I have just realized that this is so that my back can HEAL right and be GOOD for the rest of my life. What's a few weeks? Try and relax and enjoy...and don't sweat the small stuff...good luck with the twins...are they starting Kindergarten? Maybe that will help. :)
  • Yes they started K this year. But the crazy thing about our situation is that we are in the process of moving from IL to TN. We have been up here since 01, wife was active duty, I got out in 2000. I started working for DoD in 02, had kids in Aug 03, wife got out and that was that. We wanted to move back to TN, Family there, so we bought some land this year and are in the process of getting down there. My wife and the kids are staying with her father there till we can get something built or a trailer on the land till we build. Me on the other hand have to stay in IL due to job till I find something Fed or Gov down there. Her mother is staying there to take care of kids, get them to school and all that. My plan is to go down there after my 1st apt on the 26 for a month. I took till the 29th Sept(aprox) off from work, don't want to push my back and heal completely before returning to work. I am a System Admin so not physically demanding but I sit in a chair 8hrs a day. Plus I work mids to boot. So I am taking it easy, the best I can and will take it one day at a time. Thanks for the input.
    Jason
    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.
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