I am still very new to this (posting on messageboards) but found it to be the only way I can truly vent, gather my thoughts, and find any advice whatsoever.
When I was a child I slipped down some stairs (playing tag) and took the impact on my back. As a child I shook it off and didn't seem to mean much since it merely knocked the wind out of me and didn't seem to cause any pain. As a young adult I received my first MRI (after a car accident) showing a herniated disc in my lower back (no pain and doc told me to keep continuing living my life normally). Shortly after I hiked in and out the Grand Canyon (I love hiking). I also had a side job landscaping. A couple years after the hike and me ending my side job ...I started noticing the pain. What seemed to really trigger it was my morning workouts (specifically situps) ...So I worked out less and less until no workout at all. Then the pain starting really getting to me while i was sleeping sometimes not being to sleep the whole night even after taking motrin and ambien (I also have insomnia). Since sleep was already rare for me I asked my doctor to refer me to a back specialist. After another MRI it showed a disc degeneration at L5S1. After several months of popping norco and an injection and no relief, I asked for the surgery.
9 days later after the surgery, no relief in site. Infact the pain is worse prior to surgery. I know what everybody is going to say, you have to give it a lot more time for a nerve to heal. I'm not a patient man so to say (lol) but this right now is more for me to document my thoughts and look for advice. Hope for the best but expect the worst is my motto so to say. I'm 32 and the pain medication does nothing for pain whether it be norco or percoset. I am also taking Neurontin at its lightest dose since it makes me feel brain dead half the time. I will be seeing my surgeon again on Tuesday ...I cant walk without pain right now.
Feel free to comment ...anything on recovery time, best case scenarios, worst case scenarios. I hear 3 months is the basic time they give you until they reorder another MRI if the pain persists. After I see my doctor I might post my MRI findings ...but I want to speak to him first.
Also If I'm on the wrong forum feel free to redirect me.