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When will I get back to normal?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Can anyone tell me when to expect to get somewhat back to normal with daily activities etc? How long did it take you?

I'm about 8 weeks post l5- s1 laminectomy. I can walk fine with hardly any pain but as soon as I try to run or walk really fast it hurts like crazy . If I sneeze it shoots pain down my leg for about 5 seconds then goes Away. I tried to pick something up off the ground by doing as the dr showed me by squating instead of bending but feel strain on my back even doing that...

So how long has it taken all of you to get back to normal?

Thanks!
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  • Have you been sent to physical therapy or discussed this with your doc at all? I was walking 7 miles a day 2 weeks after a double laminectomy with only minor discomfort.

    "C"
  • I don't know what normal is, first of all! :)

    It bothers me your comment about shooting pain with sneezing. I think you really need to talk with your doctor or whomever is your care coordinator, like C said, cuz I think someone needs to be laying eyes and hands on you. It is not my intent to scare you, but I think this far out you should not be having shooting pain with sneezing, in my opinon. I did not have same surgery as you, but don't docs consider sneezing and leg pain classic symptoms for herniated discs or pressure on spinal nerve roots???
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  • One of the reasons (of many) I had a fusion was because when I sneezed or coughed, it hurt like hell. It was due to nerve impingement.

    It could be something like swelling causing your issue, but Angie hit it on the head. I would go back and request some type of imagery (MRI, CT) to verify something hasn't gone south on you.

    Keith
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Hi ,
    I had l5 s1 discetomy last year.I did have resettling of nerves accompanied with pain in leg and back. So thats natural. But please dont run for a while until you are stronger. I was told never to run again, try swimming, this is relaxing, no pressure and will help to tone you up. Dont rush things, im learning that and its not good for healing.
    good luck
    tlilly
  • Thank you for all your comments. I spoke with mr dr today and she said to see a spine specialist ,so i have an appt but not for a few weeks. My pt told me today it was ok to stretch slowly until I feel pain , then stop. I remember mr dr specifically telling me not to blt at all for a few months. The pt said in a joking way. " ahh what do they know". So the pt wants me to bend to the left and to the right. Twist my top half left and right while keeping feet straight ahead and pushing softly on the small of my back bending backwards stretching unless I feel pain. Isn't all this a big no no?
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  • Thank you for all your comments. I spoke with mr dr today and she said to see a spine specialist ,so i have an appt but not for a few weeks. My pt told me today it was ok to stretch slowly until I feel pain , then stop. I remember mr dr specifically telling me not to blt at all for a few months. The pt said in a joking way. " ahh what do they know". So the pt wants me to bend to the left and to the right. Twist my top half left and right while keeping feet straight ahead and pushing softly on the small of my back bending backwards stretching unless I feel pain. Isn't all this a big no no?
  • I personally wouldn't do it! Some PTs have more experience with a variety of back issues than others. Some pretty much do it "by the book."

    You can find plenty of data saying twisting like that is not a good idea for anyone...regardless of whether they've had surgery, or not!!

    I'm a little confused though. Did a spine specialist do you surgery and now you are seeing someone else?
  • Isn't your Dr/surgeon a spine specialist? then why would your Dr tell you to see a spine specialist?

    I was rear ended in 05 and had micro-d in 08. I have never gotten back to normal and it has been over a year since I had surgery. I still pain meds and have pain. It sucks.

    Good luck and hopefully you will be on the mend soon. I would not be running yet if I were you.. It takes al long time to heal from back surgery...

    Good luck, keep us posted..
    PT
  • The dr that did my surgery is a neurosurgeon. He told me to go back to the spine specialist that referred me to him before the surgeries( I had this same surgery 5 weeks before and reherniated it somehow so he gave me a second surgery and now am 8 weeks out from that one)

    Yeah you are all right , no running for me. I think I will stay away from the twisting bending stuff the pt told me to do. I read a few horror stories on here about pt's working them too hard causing reherniations!

    Thank you again for all your advise and stories. This is a great place!

    Pheonix tears: that's awful. I'm sorry you're still feeling so bad and that far out! Is it leg pain or achiness or what type of pain are you still having? Why did your dr say you're still having it?
  • Those PT's like to push ya sometimes. Twisting is the worst motion while you are healing. I'd wait at least 6 months before doing any deliberate light twisting exercises, if ever. That's just me though!
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