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Post microdiscectomy

Hello I am a 42 year young male who herniated 2 discs at L/4 L/5 and L/5 S/1 about 6 months ago.
After 4 months of conservative treatment I was refferred to a neurosurgeon who boldly and plainly informed me that I was in need of cages/pins a spinal fusion. However stated that that wasnt goin to happen,so sent me for a epidural steriod injection.
Well turns out that it made things so much worse I ended up in the ER. A few weeks later i underwent a 2 level microdiscectomy. First few days were pretty rough even with the meds. However things gradually began to get a little better but still was experiencing a good deal of sciatic pain from my right buttock down thru my lower calf.
After a few weeks I began physical therapy that consisted of heat, massage, and neuro flossing. I was doing great!
Was given premission to begin walking and let my body be my guide. Ive always been in pretty great condition and prided myself on keeping active and fit. Ive been a lead carpenter for 20 plus years. Well last night I sat down just like every other night to dress for bed and ended up in the floor paralyzed on my right side for nearly 20 minutes. Naturally i was in extreme pain and scared out of my mind. So as it stands now my PT seems to think there may be permanet nerve damage.
I return to the spinal clinic in 2 days which will be my 6 week post op check up, and looks like we are going in for another MRI.
I am scared s#&tless. I am so worried that i am going to end up in worse condition than i was before the initial surgery.
I have read quite a few of these blogs and know there are so many people with similair conditions.
If there is anyone out there with any advice on this situation please feel free to do so. Thanks for reading and keep my family and myself in youre prayers , as i truly do for all of you
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • The Nerves take awhile to heal and it can take up to a year.for the nerves to heal. I am four months post up and i still get nerve pain. Before i had surgery (L5/S1) i was dealing with leg pain for about 2 years and tried everything so i finally got disectomy and it sure did help. About a month and a half after surgery when i attended physical therapy something he did most have aggrevated the nerve a little bit because i got bad burning in both of my feet and i couldnt sleep it was just this terrible buring sensation in my feet like i cant even describe i couldnt sit it was so bad. i thought i reherniated a disc or something. Went and got an MRI and no reherniation and the surgeon said its just healing and the nerves are really inflammed.My nerve was decompressed for two years and now its angry because i had a disectomy and they scraped the disc off the nerve. So the nerve root gets really inflammed and is healing. The nerve pain is part of the healing process becuase now my nerve pain has gotten alot better and stilll flares up though sometimes. But whats wierd about my symptoms is now i get nerve pain in the leg that i never had pain in before the surgery and the surgeoon just keeps saying its inflammation and its going to take time. I am only 23 i used to be very active i was hoping to start running and dong the oliptical but i cant because now i have been getting back pains. I think its just the muscles in my back are really inflammed and getting used to the change in my body.
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  • The Nerves take awhile to heal and it can take up to a year.for the nerves to heal. I am four months post up and i still get nerve pain. Before i had surgery (L5/S1) i was dealing with leg pain for about 2 years and tried everything so i finally got disectomy and it sure did help. About a month and a half after surgery when i attended physical therapy something he did most have aggrevated the nerve a little bit because i got bad burning in both of my feet and i couldnt sleep it was just this terrible buring sensation in my feet like i cant even describe i couldnt sit it was so bad. i thought i reherniated a disc or something. Went and got an MRI and no reherniation and the surgeon said its just healing and the nerves are really inflammed.My nerve was decompressed for two years and now its angry because i had a disectomy and they scraped the disc off the nerve. So the nerve root gets really inflammed and is healing. The nerve pain is part of the healing process because now my nerve pain has gotten alot better and stilll flares up though sometimes. But whats wierd about my symptoms is now i get nerve pain in the leg that i never had pain in before the surgery and the surgeoon just keeps saying its inflammation and its going to take time. I am only 23 i used to be very active i was hoping to start running and dong the oliptical but i cant because now i have been getting back pains. I think its just the muscles in my back are really inflammed and getting used to the change in my body.
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