Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!


In this Discussion

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

9 weeks post op micro. Still in pain

TivzTTivz Posts: 2
edited 06/10/2015 - 8:19 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all! I want to start by saying that this site has been such a great way for me to find people to relate to and get information from.
A little about me. I'm a 33 year old female. For the past 6 years, my back would "go out" for lack of a better term about once a year. It would always be a muscular issue, and would resolve on its own with in a few days if I just rested. My new year resolution this year was to really get a handle on my body and back issues. I will say that I am a very athletic woman. I used to run about 5k a day but always had very tight hamstring due to my lack of stretching. Anyhow, I decided that I would hire a private Pilates instructor and really focus on the strengthening and stretching of my back, legs and body. On my third session with my instructor, he had me do a move where I was standing on my right leg, and had my left leg in a harness reaching forward towards my toes. Immediately I felt something happen. Now since I am not familiar with sciatica pain, I looked at him and thought that I had pulled a hamstring. For the next 6 weeks I hobbled around in pain that got to the point that I finally went to the dr. I hadn't been able to sleep, I would wake up in the middle of the night to vomit. It was excruciating. An mri done with my family dr showed that my l5-s1 nerve root was being crushed by an 11mm herniation. At this point I knew that I needed to go see a spinal specialist. I wanted to get a handle on this situation, because surgery wasn't an option for me. Well at least that's what I thought. During my consultation with the neurosuergon I was immediately rushed into surgery and had a microdoscestomy 3 hours later. I was worst case scenario because what I thought was a bladder infection (this was all happening at the same time) was actually cauda equina syndrome and surgery was my only option. Terrifying!!
I am now 9 weeks post op. For the first 6 weeks I was doing okay. I still had nerve pain, but it was manageable. Week 7 I was sure that I had done something to myself. I begged the dr for another mri, and of course it showed that not only was there still a piece of disc pushing against my nerve, but that I had now officially herniated All of my disc. Now I'm not sure if this was his problem. Maybe he didn't get all of the disc? Or if I had somehow pushed the piece out at some point (I had been so careful !) I'm back on a med pac for 6 days and given neurontin 300mg 3 times a day for the next month. Has anyone else ever had this problem? What happens now that I don't have a disc at all. My dr seems to think that I will be perfect, and that everything just needs to calm down. I can't live with this pain anymore. Plus the emotional distress that is has caused me was something that I wasn't prepared for. If anyone has had a similar issue please post your experience. I am hoping that this will all resolve itself really soon. If you are reading this post I know it's because you've had similar issues, and I just want to say that I understand and I wish you luck.


  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
    Please take the time to read this post and refer to it when you have questions

    I am sure that you will find your time on Spine-Health very rewarding. This site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and growing.
    Here are just some of the highlights that are available as tabs on the main Spine-Health menu bar

    Spine-Health Main Menu Tabs

    Conditions Detailed medical libraries of articles and videos that address almost every spinal condition.
    Treatment List of treatments to the conditions identified by Spine-Health.
    Wellness Section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.
    Medical Articles
    Pain Forums These are the forums you will be using
    Find A Doctor This provides with a method to search for doctors in various locations.
    Videos Index to all Spine-Health Videos

    As a bonus, Spine-Health provides these patient forums. Here you can meet thousands of people who understand and can relate to your situation. You will soon become part of the Spiney family[/u] who provide comfort and the advantages of a support system. You are now part of this family that is approximately 27,00 international members and growing daily.


    - It is very important to understand the Forum Rules to make sure all of your posts[u] do not violate any of the rules.[/u]

    - All new members must read our FAQ in order to understand the layout of the forums, how to navigate through the forums, helpful terms, how to make effective threads and posts, plus a link index to many of the important medical forums and key medical articles on Spine-Health Forum FAQ

    I am positive any member, new or old will find this Chroinc Pain - Step by Step thread very valuable.

    Here are some links that all new members need to review to create effective threads and more

    Read before you post
    More Info Tips for Newcomers
    Understanding the rules

    All of this will help make your threads better and improve the times and quality of responses you will receive.

    You can also find Spine-Health on these Social Networks

    Facebook www.facebook.com/spinehealth
    Pinterest http://pinterest.com/spinehealth/boards/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/SpineHealth

    If you have any questions or need assistance, you can use the private message facility to[u] contact any one of the Spine-Health Moderators



    Doug Hell


    Also working with us very closely is Allison Walsh from the Spine-Health company


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
Sign In or Register to comment.