Hey everyone! Actually, I don't know how many of you around now were around when I had my surgery, so perhaps a bit of a background. I had a microdiscectomy/laminotomy/foramintomy on L5/S1 in August 2006 when a previously herniated disc more or less ripped apart while giving birth to my son. Following a cross-country flight in November 2007, the disc severely reherniated (surgeon said it was the tough outer lining of the disc) and kinked the sacral nerve root like a garden hose. The pain was 10x what it was the first time around. But, the repeat surgery in December 2007 gave me my life back.
After faithfully following my doctor and physical therapist's instructions, I finally felt confident to ask about getting pregnant with a second child. I had an MRI a year ago just as a baseline (still showed surgical changes in process of healing, and a bit of arthritis, but nothing scary), and my neurologist, neurosurgeon, and OB all gave me the go-ahead to get preggers again. I am currently 4 months preggo with our second, due--suitably enough--around the second anniversary of my back surgery.
The OB had originally said I could deliver naturally, but then after hearing a little more of my history and that my back got worse during birth, thinks a c-section may be a better option (he's not insisting). I'm afraid of a c-section--I don't want to be put under, but I also do NOT want a spinal injection that paralyzes me from the chest down, yeeeeeeep!--but I also fear the birth process undoing my back's healing. We'll figure it out in a few months.
I've already started a new round of PT doing exercises to keep my back and core muscles strong as my body changes with pregnancy. I've been a bit sore in my back, but it feels more like the soreness that comes with things loosening and shifting. Nerve pain is gone, and has been since I woke up in the recovery room.
I do get some painless twitches and tingles in the left leg if I'm not mindful and, say, sit for too long a period of time. (Oops.)
I'm excited, and wanted to share my past success as well as my current situation.