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Microdiscectomy l4-l5

Aleach77AAleach77 Posts: 8
edited 01/16/2016 - 9:01 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Had surgery Wednesday so on 3rd day post op. I've only been up once a day to walk around about a minute or so. Pain ache in glut and cafe as it was before, just nothing crippling like it was. I can move now without excessive pain. My question is how much should I be up walking. Doc told me to be walking 30 mins or more in 2 weeks. Anyone give me some insight into this


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  • Anyone able to help with my question? I see several people able to walk long distances and time - I'm not able to do so and am hoping someone can help.
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 901

    Walk as much as you can tolerate... it's good for you... but don't worry if it's not far. It took me a week before I could get to the end of the hallway at the hospital and that was with a walker. The surgeon has created LOTS of trauma to the insides your body and it will take time to recover. Trust me... nobody jumps out of bed and runs down the hallway 3 days post-op. Just keep adding to what you did the day before each day... and step by step you will get stronger.
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • I had an L4-L5 Discectomy 3 weeks ago tomorrow. A couple days after surgery I was outside walking. I started slow with maybe .5 mile and progressed from there. I now typically walk 3 miles a day (sometimes every other day). Speaking of which, I need to go walk today.
  • I'm back... has anyone experienced this? As I had posted my walking was limited. I wasn't getting any better and if anything was having more pain to the point I was taking Percocet 10mg every 4 hours. My pain was constant, laying down eased it some but it was still there. Pain in glut down to ankle and when I walked it just increased the level. On 2/4 I contacted doc and discussed so he put me on METHYLPREDNISOLONE 4mg pack. While I was waiting on wife to pick up prescription I was laying in bed on my back and had been for a few hours. When she arrived I moved slightly and felt something in my lower back move. When it did the constant pain in glut and down leg in calf and ankle went away and has not returned. Anyone ever experience this? I talked to doc about 4 days later and he couldn't tell me. i still have 2 issues- standing and sitting causes pretty bad pain. When walking the pain is tolerable. I am winging myself off of the pain meds and should be done with them by Monday night. I do feel like I am getting better just concerned about the standing and sitting pain.  Doc has scheduled me another mri this week with contrast to see what's going on. Anybody have any suggestions?
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  • GingerellaGingerella New JerseyPosts: 16
    I had a microdiscectomy L5 s1 dec, 18th 2015.
    I had a difficult time with the standing and walking . About 2 weeks after surgery I could do the treadmill for 5 minutes (I wanted to do it every hour for 6 hours to make 30 mins) I was about to do it for every hour for 3 hours. 
    I have started PT last week it seems to be helping with my back. There are good days and there are bad days , yesterday and this morning was a bad day. 

    When you say something felt like it moved and you feel no more pain. Sounds like when a chiropractor adjusts someone. I hope that's what happened and it worked for you. I personally never been to a chiropractor. I have always been deathly afraid of them ..lol 

    wishing you all the best !!! 
  • Hey Aleach77,
    You and I sound like we're on a pretty similar path! I had L4/L5 discectomy on Jan. 8 (six weeks post-op yesterday) and I've been dealing with pretty constant and pin and needles in my lower left leg and glute ever since. The only relief I get is lying down. I've also been using a heating pad and ice packs pretty regularly for the past 3 weeks, both of which help take the edge off and get my pain more manageable. I am having an MRI with contrast on Monday and getting the results on Friday so I'll let you know what they find out. Who knows! My results may give you an idea of what is going with your recovery. Good luck!
  • chop my leg offcchop my leg off British ColumbiaPosts: 56
    edited 02/22/2016 - 12:01 AM
    Im here too.  2 x  L5S1 disectomy.   Horrible pain in foot 2 months post op. Can't bend ankle and numb foot and calf and some leg pain and occasional glute . .  Back pain is getting worse  MRI with contrast in 3 days.  Nerve  ???   ....  or fusion next ??? :/
    L5S1..2 microdisectomies in 30 days maybe one more on the agenda. 4 bulged discs and one of them loves my spinal canal X2 :/ and a compression fracture . And now scar tissue wrapped around the nerve causing horrible neuropathy all over again.   VICIOUS CIRCLE :(
  • ryan89rryan89 delawarePosts: 1
    I had my 2nd discectomy 2/4/16 at l4-l5. My first one was 8.5 years ago when I was 18 at 14-15-s1. I recovered succesfully from that one but this one is leaving me very worried. Maybe I am just letting it get to my head but i am still feeling pain in my glutes and has anyone else noticed completely cold feet from their pain? I can walk little distances and up and down the stairs about two times a day but I am still feeling pain. I know it's only two to three weeks out but i'm wondering from the people that have had the procedure done again, what they've noticed and how long it's taken them? My first post op appointment is next week
  • chop my leg offcchop my leg off British ColumbiaPosts: 56
    Yep cold foot.  It's all relative.  

    L5S1..2 microdisectomies in 30 days maybe one more on the agenda. 4 bulged discs and one of them loves my spinal canal X2 :/ and a compression fracture . And now scar tissue wrapped around the nerve causing horrible neuropathy all over again.   VICIOUS CIRCLE :(
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