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Lumbar microdisectomy

As someone who has been coping with the pain from L5-S1 rupture the last 3 weeks by biting on a piece of leather and eating Dilaudid's like TicTacs, I am sitting here T minus 72 hours before I go under the knife. After reading through several of these posts, I'm feeling even more apprehensive today than I was before meeting the NS. I have not been able to work since 1/23 just waiting for STD benefits to kick in and watching all the crap on tv. I need to get this fixed and get back to work but this scares the bajesus out of me. The prolonged recovery tales posted here don't make me feel any more at ease either. My NS told me I would wake up pain free in my left leg and could resume working light duty in 2-3 weeks and with no restrictions after 6 weeks. Is he just blowing smoke up my painfully sore ass? Hopefully I'm just hearing the horror stories as people who have no issues typically don't promote it. (Usually just the complaints are shared, misery loves company right?) Hopefully it wont turn out to be as bad as some of these poor bastards make it out to be.

Bottoms Up! Lol
Carl Muehlmann


  • Hello...I had an open lumbar discectomy L4 and L5, three weeks ago. I will offer you this advice...be prepared for changes in your day to day level of recovery after surgery. These boards helped me greatly after surgery because I had no idea what to expect. My pain changed from nerve pain to muscle spasm and now three weeks later, I am off most all narcotic pain meds.
    I have an aching feeling now in my lower back and leg after I go to bed. Very manageable, but unexpected. I also still have the numbness in my foot and thigh. It is improving, though. I would do it again, because I anticipate a full recovery. If you'd asked me two weeks ago, I wouldn't have been so sure. So, be prepared for pain post-op, but take heart it gets better.
    Private message me if you need a post-op buddy; I'd be glad to be your sounding board.
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