First time post and new to SpineHealth, hoping to learn a good deal and also share my experiences and such with those that have my pain.
Here is my demographics: 22 year old male, very active and fit prior to injury, L5/S1 rupture pinching S1 nerve, officer in US Navy.
About 10 months ago I woke up after a night of pick-up basketball and then generic college var scene with severe pain down my left leg (8 or 9). At first thought it was a pulled hamstring from the basketball since I had zero pain in the lower back region, it was all in my left leg. Needless to say, took me a month to go see a chiropractor who eventually referred me to a back pain and spine doctor.
He did and MRI and turns out I had a severe L5/S1 disc rupture. Did a set of 3 epidural steroid injections after that and I had significant relief but never completely gone (about a 1.5 lowest) and I still had very limited flexibility in my legs. A out 6 to 7 months after the injections, the pain started to creep back up again, and trying to stay on top of it, I immediately went to my doctor and was set up for traction and PT. Did that for a month and it took the pain from preventing me from sitting comfortably (which is what it had been for the previous time after injections) to where I could sit but standing was horrible. Finally saw a pain management doctor and then a neurosurgeon.
After another MRI, it was found that my herniation hadn't changed at all and we scheduled a microdisectomy at L5/S1. Surgery was on December 11h and for the first few days after I was just a couch potato lung on my back with short walks. It has now been 13 days since the surgery and I walk every day but the pain has started to come back in the same way it was pre-surgery.
I can manage the pain with naproxen-sodium doses twice a day but I was hoping that I could get off pain meds after the surgery. Pre-rupture, I was a very active athlete in excellent shape. I am hoping that I can one day get back to running and lifting and 'normalness' but scared that this leg pain won't go away.
Hoping to get some answers as to how long the leg pain will last after the surgery and if anyone has had this same experience and is willing to share what they went through so I have an idea of what to expect in the future.
Thanks for any help you guys can give! And happy Christmas Eve (currently driving to family's house to celebrate)