Had stabbing pain in left hip and running down left hamstring to Achilles. Got to the point where I could not put socks on and function normally with the family. Went from active runner/triathlete to being unable to run at all in a short time. Tried epidural steroid injections and felt they gave me no relief at all. Saw two surgeons and both recommended surgery. To add to it all I recently lost my job and so needed to get functional again as i need to get paid.
Surgery was successful. Leg pain is gone, although I do have some numbness in the left foot little toe and round the left side of the foot which I did not have before. Have walked every day and although my gait is a little off, made it a mile today with no issues. Have got through today with no Vicodin needed, although plan on taking a couple tonight to try and sleep through the night.
Main issue I want to ask about is lower back pain at the incision site. Has everyone/ anyone had issues with this? Getting some pretty good spasms when I remotely twist or lean forward. PT in hospital said no twisting so I am doing my best, but sometimes just adjusting in a chair makes a little jolt of pain at the incision site. I am assuming this is normal and a result of the surgery on the back and surrounding muscles, although I have not seen much on the message boards of people commenting on this.
I feel I am getting better each day, but need to be patient judging by what I have read. It's accepting its going to be a long process before I am running again.
Any input on the lower back issues much appreciated.
Matt. Father of two boys aged 3 and 6. L5S1 microdiscectomy July 17, 2013