Hi all. To be honest i'm not sure if i'm worried for a lot of people on here or for myself. I had open laminectomy and discectomy (l4-5 l5-s1) on 25th january this year. before surgery the combination of my back pain and sciatica was so severe that i could not walk without relying on props. It has been a month now and I find that I am capable of a 15-20 minute walk but feel utterly exhausted afterwards and whilst my leg pain has gone and I feel the op was a complete success, standing or sitting upright for more than 20-30 minutes is very difficult, which translates to me being concerned about getting back to work (desk job 10hr shifts 4on 4off)
I had my first post op physio session 3 days ago and they advised me that they are happy with my progression and i'm pretty much where they'd hope for me to be at this stage.
It frustrates me to see so many comments on here saying that people are getting back to work after 10-12 days :-(
From the outset of the sciatica back in jan 2011 i have had to spend 8 and a half months off work (had to wait for surgery from july) and just want to get back.
Comments from everyone with something to say appreciated :-)