First I have to say thank you to the wonderful people in this thread. In addition to my surgery I have had some major life changes that have kept me from posting, but I would love to share my journey to recovery and get advice and input from others who have had a similar experience. I intend to update this thread throughout my healing.
I had a microdiscectomy on both L4 and L5 as well as a laminectomy on 2/16/2017. I am a 27 year old female with 3 prior minimally invasive abdominal surgeries. I had an abdominal surgery in March that weakened my muscle support. I had back pain and after an xray in 6/2016 they discovered degenerative disc disease. I was sent to physical therapy where I ended up with more pain and eventually leg numbness, stumbling, urinary incontinence issues and debilitating leg, hip and foot pain. After 3 consultations with different neurosurgeons in January, I went with the surgeon I trusted the most.
The surgery went smoothly, I was kept over night and most of the next day. I walked up and down the halls with my nurse and was able to get up several times through the day to use the restroom.
The first two days back home I had very limited mobility and spent most of my time on my couch surrounded by pillows. I did not attempt to climb my stairs and slept on my couch instead. The first thing I noticed within 24 hours was ZERO pain in my leg, hip or foot. I only felt surgery related pain. My foot was still tingling but not numb. It is worth mentioning, the last day I took gabepentin was 2 days before the surgery. No need for it now. It's amazing!
The swelling until two days ago was scary, there was a lump the size of a baseball above the incision and very puffy all around the incision. I was intending to call the doctor on day 6 as I was getting worried. I slept 11 hours on night 6 and woke with the swelling decreased by half!
Now I am nine days post-op. I rarely need my pain relievers now, I take half the dose in the morning and a full dose before bed to assure I can sleep through it. I have no hip pain, no leg pain, very minimal tingling and the only pain in my back is certainly related to my surgery. Last night I had moved around my house a lot and did more squatting and light chores than I probably should have, and now I have a deep painful sensation that radiates only from my ankle to the big toe. I have no pain (surgery related aside ) other than this new pain.
I know that I cannot get medical advice and no one here is a physician (or is permitted to give medical input) but has anyone had a sudden increase in pain in their foot or lower leg? I have a feeling it is just from pushing myself a little too far and this is probably expected. It is not excruciating, just a deep aching feeling.
Here's to healing!