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Newbie here, 2.5 weeks out from L5-S1 microdiscectomy...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in New Member Introductions
I found this site through Bodybuilding.com, very nice to see a lot of folks who understand this sort of thing. I had been suffering since March 2007. I didn't even know what I had until the pain forced me to see a doctor.

Anyway, I'm 2.5 weeks out and feel great after my surgery. Doc still won't let me do any flexion of the waist from a standing position or lift anything, so I don't know if the pain is COMPLETELY gone or not, but all seems up right now.

I'm 27, 5'10", 200 lbs. so it's a little early for me to be having these problems I would think. Basically a victim of trying to play sports like I was 18 when I'm 27 and overweight.

Anyway, just signed up so I guess I'll post more of my experiences later. Really feels like I can get my life back now. Nice to meet all of you!


  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :) we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. be sure and follow you doctor's orders. you will be able to do what you want soon enough. good luck and make yourself at home. Jenny :)
  • I'm a pretty young buck to have back issues as well. 27 (almost 28) and i'm working on my 3rd discectomy (had the first one when I was 24). What I can tell you is to do your PT afterword, strengthen up those back muscles, and stretch.
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  • I'm glad the surgery went well. Can you tell me how long you had pain before your surgery? Thanks. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • About a year and seven months. Was playing softball and started getting was I thought was tight hamstring muscles. It then isolated to the right leg and was confined to the back of my thigh.

    I got massages, stretched, iced it, etc. all summer long thinking I just had a knot or something. In August it burned so bad I went to a pain specialist. Got an MRI, diag. with a herniated disc. Got an epidural shot in September. Pain subsided to where I could at least bend over to tie my shoes but I knew it was still there.

    Well I try decompression therapy and chiropractic with no results. I was dead set against surgery so I thought I could "exercise" the pain away, hanging upside down and such. Did all this for months.

    This summer and early fall I started having terrible back spasms with the nerve pain reaching my foot for the first time. I could hardly walk, man. That's when I got another MRI and elected to see an orthopaedic surgeon. Mobic and Lortab-5 knocked out most of my pain, but I proceeded with surgery to avoid long lasting nerve damage. That was October 29.

    I feel great now, especially knowing the nerve is no longer compressed. I am only going to walk until the 6 week mark, when I see the doctor again, after which I'm going to really make a go at strengthening up my core.

    It's been a God-send for me. I know that's alot of info you didn't ask for, but I needed to get it out :D .
  • I don't mind it's good to journal what you've been through. It helps me because it's only been 9 months that I've had pain. Just wondered the usual amount of time to wait before surgery. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I am so glad to hear that you had such a successful surgery. I had a microD last year but did not have your same results. You are really young to be dealing with this already but hopefully your pain will be a thing of the past in no time. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
  • :) Bulldawgmatt, a really good way to work your core is on the exercise ball. =)) you can do it at any pain level. all you have to do is sit on it and keep your balance. =D> this starts to strengthen your core. just a tip you might want to start using. of course ask your doctor about this. :-C good luck in your recovery. <:P Jenny :)
  • I am so glad your surgery was successful. It is very helpful that you are describing your experiences in detail because the doctors never provide specifics. I am experiencing exactly the same things you experienced before surgery. And I have tried everything. I am scheduled for surgery as well. How long is the recovery and what's involved? I have 2 children ages 5 and 7 and I have to prepare what's to come after surgery.
  • I think you are doing wonderful so far with the recovery, but be careful because you're not quite out of the woods yet and it's only 2.5 weeks along. I am always glad to hear when someone does well post surgically. My micro-d didn't help me and I developed more problems afterwards that the fusion tried to address. I hope you continue to do well and you are able to go back to your former activities. Take care
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