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L5/S1 Discectomy went well



  • Tree512TTree512 Posts: 24
    edited 02/04/2013 - 3:34 AM
    Pre-surgery I could sit and stand, but not for long periods of time. I had a nerve root block that was fairly effective that let me get through the day. I also took 880mg (4 OTC pills) of naproxyn every day for 12 years to manage the inflammation causing the pain. I have had an acupuncturist for 10 years, a chiropractor for 17 years, and lots of PT and have been doing daily stretching and core work for 20 years (I am 48).

    But the pain was bad enough that needed to take a lot of Vicodin for flare ups, and if I did something extremely painful, like straightening both of my legs while lying down, the pain was at the 8-10 level. I couldn't handle an MRI once because I didn't bring opiates and I couldn't straighten my legs and handle the pain. I could barely do it with 2 Vicodin and a muscle relaxant to boot. So I was in a lot of pain.
  • Wow you have been taking naproxen for the past 12 years? I hope you are off meds now!! Aah please be careful not to ruin your stomach w all the meds you have been taking !!
    Thank you for sharing your story. I just had my surgery yesterday. There is soreness at the incision area, and pain and numbness in my left ankle but of course that will take a bit of time for it to ameliorate. Definitely no regrets in having the surgery done :)
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  • I thought I would keep this alive with annual updates to show that some surgeries actually work. 2 years out and I am still off anti-inflammatories and generally stable. I can walk and bike long distances, and now can also golf. Still haven't played 18 holes, but I can hit the ball without pain, which is a big plus.

    I am always going to be limited, but through daily exercise, bi-weekly physical therapy, and constant vigilance, I am able to lead a fairly normal life. After the years of pain many of you have felt, just not having that pain and set of major limitations is fantastic.
  • Glad to read that you are still doing well.....spine conditions are a journey, not a destination and it is good to read about the positive outcomes too......too often those who do well after surgery get back into the land of the living and don't post to update very often. It is good for the new members to see that back issues don't necessarily have to become debilitating .....if we work hard at recovery, and listen to our doctors, there is life after chronic back pain.
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