Had a 2 level (l4-S1) MircoD 3.5 weeks ago. I thought I would explain where I am currently in recovery as well as a couple questions at the end.
I have basically had back problems for 5 years (search my post history if interested) and finally took the surgery plunge the 5th or March. Prior to surgery I was having bad sciatic pain down into calf and general back pain.
Went in at 10 AM and was home by 4 PM the same day. Right after surgery I noticed some numbness my toes on left foot which was not there before. Sciatic pain was gone, felt pretty good.
This week was a blur, pain pills turn me into a zombie but I felt pretty good. The end of the 1st week I was walking around the neighborhood with ease. A little slower than normal but I was active.
Seen my Surgeon one day before the 2nd week out of surgery (Tuesday) and he said I was doing well, he gave me a brace to wear. On Thursday I felt some hamstring pain in my right leg which scared me. I instantly thought it was a re-herniation but on the other side. On Friday, after a good icing I felt a burning sensation around the incision, left work early as it was a Friday. On Saturday I felt like crap, i was actually getting sciatic pain down my left leg into glutes. I had 6 of the crazy shooting, sharp pains. I then work up on Sunday feeling great. Huge relief. I slowed down on my walking.
I had important work training all week and had to go to work, I felt pretty good. I have been taking IBProfin 800's as prescribed and Icing as much as possible. My foot numbness has decreased by about half. (another great sign IMO)
Those that had a 2 level MircoD, was your recovery a little slower than expected compared to people who had just 1 level?
Those who have actually re-herniated, did you know the second it happened?
Those who have developed scar tissue, what was your activity level the 1st month out of surgery?
Thanks everyone for all the stories, even the bad ones because it prepares me for the worst case scenario.
MircoD of L4-S1 on 3/5/2014
MRI stating either re-herniation or post-op granulation tissue- 5/16
Re-herniation confirmed, ESI on 5/29