My name is Matt. I am 24 years old, I've been in fairly bad shape for most of my life, unfortunately. I got really serious about it about 2 years ago, but by that time I guess it was too late for my back... About 5 months ago, on April 29th, 2014, I had a L4-L5 Laminectomy Decompression on my lower back. I went through the typical horrifyingly painful recovery experience that lasted for the first few weeks and then things were starting to look pretty good. Up until about a month ago when I started experiencing some subtle back pain. My left thigh has been numb/tingly/sometimes in pain ever since the surgery. The surgeon's told me that it'd be that was for the first few months, but it's still like that and sometimes it can hurt pretty bad.
Now, I have OCD and I often think too much about things. So it is entirely possible that it could be all in my worrisome mind, but I'm certainly the type to go on Google or WebMD and search my symptoms and freak out prematurely. I mean, before I went to the surgeon I was convinced that I had cancer in my spine!
- For people who have been in similar situations, is it common to have slight pain 5 months after surgery? It's NOTHING like it was before. There's not really any leg pain, but for instance when I first wake up and get out of bed or after being quite active all day - I do go to the gym 5 days out of the week and do some running/weight lifting.
- Can you give me any exercises that have worked for you? The surgeon's gave me a few, but I swear they don't do much for me (Lifting one leg up towards my stomach and holding it, switching between legs and then doing both legs at once)
- Can anyone give me some hope that I don't have to be scared EDITED for the rest of my life that my back would give out again? I wouldn't wish that pain to my worst enemy... It really scares me that it'll happen again. I'm cautious, but I am still worried.