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I am a 41 year old female and I had surgery on Dec 31, 2008. It was a lumbar laminectomy and disc fragments were removed that were pressing against my nerve which caused constant pain down my right leg, ankle and foot. I thought I would be better by now (It's been 23 days) but I now have a new pain since the surgery in my middle, lower back that extends down both buttocks (lol - i hate typing that word) and the pain down my right leg is back.
I had to go back to work 14 days after the surgery because I was out of sick leave. I was doing good when I first got back to work and did well for about 3 days, but now I'm in pain again. I'm doing stretches, yoga and I'm walking almost daily, but my back and leg are not getting better and I am so very frustrated. I have to pretend that I'm ok at work, but I'm not.
I am not in physical therapy and the doctor didn't recommend it at my 2 week post-op visit. Probably because I told him I was doing stretches and walking at home.
I would like to know what has worked for people with chronic back pain. What type of exercises and stretches should I be doing? Will I ever see the light at the end of the tunnel? I have 2 herniated discs - L4 - L5 and with the surgery, nothing was done to the discs, just disc fragments were removed. I didn't have an accident, I think I have herniated discs just from moving furniture at home over the years.