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8th day day post op..microdiscectimy @ L5/S1

(Cries) I am a grateful & positive person despite my pain...waking up the past three nights with increasing discomfort is creating this dark and unwelcome darkness. Post op to day 6 no pain. Lil numbness / on outside of left foot...I'll deal. But I lay here in bed post op day 8, crying because of the all to familiar pain. Hiding my phone under blankets in search for validation and an understanding and synthetic ear...First, I'm so very sorry anyone experiences this kind of pain. So, I extend to you my warmest and sincerest hopes for recovery.Just reading your post op stories have helped me. xo


  • I'm sorry that you are struggling so early into the recovery period. Just so you know, it is not unusual to experience some increased acute pain in the immediate post op period, and some depression. In part, I think that the depression comes from our expectations in the post op period, thinking that we are suddenly going to feel like our selves prior to our need for surgery, and from expecting immediate pain relief, but that is not what we normally experience.
    As difficult as it is, it is vitally important that you follow the post op directions you were given by your surgeon, and make sure to do what ever amounts of walking that you were told to do each day. It makes the recovery so much easier, and you start to kick start your own endorphins by walking and moving around as much as possible.
    Each day does get a little better, so please do hang in there.
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