I had a 2 level laminectomy and L3/L4 microdiscectomy on 17th December.
I have had back problems since the age of about 14 (now 27) which caused referred pain in my knees, thighs and hips.
I am very active and love to keep fit. I was playing football one night and I fell hard onto my buttocks. I knew it was a hard fall as I felt the shock in my neck.
I thought I had escaped injury as later that night I took part in an intense boxing training session with no further pain.
A week later I started finding it hard to pass urine, started suffering with saddle anathsthesia and numbness and weakness in my right leg.
A few days after the symptoms started I went to A&E were the surgeon tried sending me on my way with tablets. However I knew all about spinal nerve compression and cauda equina syndrome. He still persisted in telling me I was fine, but eventually I was aditted to hospital.
I was examined by another doctor who said my ankle reflexes were absent and sent me for an urgent MRI. This showed a huge herniation of the L3/L4 lumbar disk and said that sugery should be performed the next morning.
The surgery which should have lasted 2 hours took 4 hours due to exesive bleeding. The surgeon who was brilliant told me that the op was as good as they could have hoped for and time would tell how well I recovered.
The weakness was instantly gone, the cauda equina symptoms cleared within 2 days and the numbness has almost all gone. Just a small area on my thigh and my big toe is stil numb.
I was given the all clear by the surgeon after 7 weeks of taking things VERY CAREFULLY. I am now under a physio who is renound for working with professional sportmen and women. He claimed within 6 months of steadily increasing the rehab I should make a full recovery. Training has been going really well until this week.
I have been experiencing back spasms. This causes me to lean to a side slightly and is very painful. I had these symtoms for years and I feel like this is major setback for me.
My physio is not concerned by this but has said he will keep an eye on me.
Even though I am very fit and active until recently I weighed in at 23 stone. My surgeon told me weight loss is very important and part of my rehab is weight management.
I mentioned to my surgeon at the final consultation about the possibility of disk replacement in the future but he said that was way down the line and I might not ever need it. If these problems did get worse I would avoid a fusion like the plague.
Has anyone else been through this and if so how was your recovery and how long before you was back to full contact sports.