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5 weeks after microdiscectomy and recovery stunted
First off, I am a 49 year old male who worked out 5 days a week and was in excellent health before the surgery.
A little over 5 weeks ago, I had an emergency microdiscectomy. I was taken to the ER because I was in so much pain from the sciatic nerve that I was unable to walk. The pain was especially bad in my right knee. An MRI was done and the doc and the PA came back with glum looks on their faces. I was being admitted and a spine specialist was called in. Cutting to the chase, my L2 disk was bulging out and up, hitting the nerve on the adjacent disk.
Roughly two weeks after the surgery, I had my follow up visit. I had been in much pain and my right leg is very stiff after walking even a short distance. I was taking Percoset. The doctor prescribed Neurontin for me. I was also told to take 2 Naproxen twice a day for inflammation. The doctor described my injury as a "doozie" and warned me there's a possibility of the nerve damage being permanent.
Since being prescribed Neurontin, I've only taken Percoset one time when the pain in my right knee flared up.
Here's a list of my concerns:
- Inability to walk more than a short distance without my right leg becoming stiff.
- I can't sit down for more than a hour and the back of the chair needs to be soft and cushy.
- Dizziness to various degrees for the past week. I almost fainted last week.
- My right knee will buckle at times when I walk.
- Cannot maintain an erection. The doc blamed it on the Percoset, but the problem still exists now that I have essentially stopped taking it. Fortunately, my GF is very understanding since it was never an issue before.
- The vertabrae next to my incision are raised. My neighbor is a retired nurse and she does not think that it's normal. This has become worse in the last week or so.
My main concern is the raised vertabrae. I just got off the phone with the doc's office and the assistant told me that they will probably do an X-Ray when I come in for another follow up visit on Monday.