Okay, most of you know me, 4 months out L5S1 micro D. Up & down since surgery but improving fairly steadily. Check this one out. I am dealing with another bout of tingling & numbness about 4 days now off & on.
Yesterday hangin with some buddies in the garage talkin football, standing. Well standing has been my enemy, mostly pre-op. Post op sitting has actually been more of a problem.
Anyways we are all standing and my numbness is increasing, Im lfting my leg and leaning still a habit leftover from pre-op. It never really helped then and doesent help still. so its increasing more & more and Im about to say we gotta go inside so I can sit, and poof! It dissapates! Well I was pleasantly surprised. I am 99% sure I have no impingements on the nerve, so when its flared I usually just chalk it up to inflammation & swelling. It does not take much to set it off.
So why does the nerve still act like its pinched sometimes? Is it just the nerves version of muscle memory? I know standing has been a physical and mental problem for me. It was such a problem pre-op that sometimes I think the nerve still thinks that causes a problem when it really dosent. My PT compares it to a kinked hose. And even after you un-kink the hose the impression is still there. I dont know, I am not complaining. I rarely stand in the garage anymore since I have quit smoking after surgery. And I work in a shop with cement floors. So there is really no rhyme or reason to it. These damn nerves are tricky!
Feeling pretty good today, over this almost week long bout I have only taken 2 naproxen and a few aleve, but nothing yesterday or today. Ice always helps too. I am hoping the coaster is back on the up.
Thanks for listening!
L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!