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Old 08-08-2004, 06:33 AM   #1
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1 month Post Op discetomy


As promised, I am here once again with a post op update. Today I have reached the 4 week mark, and I do not feel that my surgery has worked as well as planned. Now before you all yell at me, please know that I am having less pain the prior to surgery, which I am thrilled about! However, I am still having lower back pain, and nerve pain down my right leg. I have yet to see any change in my leg symptoms since the 1st day post op until now. Doc has said it will take a while .... but when does awhile come to an end??
I see him again in a few weeks, and I hope that he will be confident enough to send me to PT.
Sorry to be such a complainer....... it is just so very frustrating!
~M~

 
Old 08-08-2004, 11:26 AM   #2
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Re: 1 month Post Op discetomy

[QUOTE=mlachowicz]
As promised, I am here once again with a post op update. Today I have reached the 4 week mark, and I do not feel that my surgery has worked as well as planned. Now before you all yell at me, please know that I am having less pain the prior to surgery, which I am thrilled about! However, I am still having lower back pain, and nerve pain down my right leg. I have yet to see any change in my leg symptoms since the 1st day post op until now. Doc has said it will take a while .... but when does awhile come to an end??
I see him again in a few weeks, and I hope that he will be confident enough to send me to PT.
Sorry to be such a complainer....... it is just so very frustrating!
~M~[/QUOTE]


I am 6 months post op from m/d and still have problems, although nothing like befrore. 1 month is very early and nerve pain can take a long time to go completely. Dont lose hope, still very early days for you yet.

 
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Old 08-08-2004, 03:01 PM   #3
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Re: 1 month Post Op discetomy

Hello mlachowicz, Sorry to hear your in pain. It's only one month since your disectomy and that's still pretty soon. I had mine March 2nd and am still in pain although I think it's improving slowly. I have my good and bad days. I live in Florida and last weekend we had a tropical depression pass us by and it really agrivated my pain. But now I'm feeling better. I finally got my HMO to sent me to PT and that helps some. At first they had me doing stretching exercises which made the pain much worse so now they just give me an ultrasound massage and electrical stimulation which feels wonderful. They also recomended an ointment called Biofreeze which when applied makes the area feel cold. In my case the cold makes the pain better. My physician's assistant says that for some people the pain makes you tense up and then the muscles get swolen and that intensifies the pain. I've been bugging the Doctor constantly to do something to help me with the pain and they have just approved me for a tens unit which is a home version of the electrical stimulation. I've talked to a lot of people who have had this surgery and they mostly have said that the Doctors usually give you the best case senario of the amount of time the recovery will take but most people take six months to a year to completely heal. You might try massage therepy, it costs less if you go to your local comunity college, or perhaps relaxation techniques. Also a friend of mine recomends Thi Chi as the least agressive form of exercise. Sorry to have run on for so long and I hope some of my sugestions will help you.
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Old 08-08-2004, 04:44 PM   #4
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Re: 1 month Post Op discetomy

Thank you for all of your advice, I sure do need it! Things get so frustrating when you think you are suppose to feel better but you don't. I'm scared that my Dr is going to end up suggesting that I go back in for the fusion... which was the original plan but I chickened out! How would it feel if I had re-herniated my disc again? I have DDD in both L4-5, L5-S1, so it seems as though it is inevitable that I will herniate again!
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Old 08-08-2004, 05:04 PM   #5
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Hey there, I am sorry that you are still suffering. I have to agree with the others in that fom what I have read hear, 1 mo. is not a long time. Although, I can imaging that it seems like forever. I hope your Dr. will be able to help you out with P/T or anything else that might help. I will continue to keep you on my prayer list.

Good luck,

Lorie
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Old 08-09-2004, 05:09 AM   #6
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Re: 1 month Post Op discetomy

Hi All!

Thank you for all of your continued support! I think I would go ba-zerk without it! I have noticed that if I put my chin to my chest I have a pulling sensation from my neck, down the right side of my back all the way thru my right leg... does that sound nuts? Any suggestions?
Thanks again!
~M~

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Old 08-09-2004, 06:34 AM   #7
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Re: 1 month Post Op discetomy

I started PT at 5 weeks post op. I think the PT would help you and if your Dr allows, you should suggest it. Also, walk as much as you feel comfortable doing so. This seems to be the biggest help for recovery. It also keeps scar tissue from forming and causing issues. I have to tell you that 2 months after my discectomy/laminectomy, I started getting kind of dizzy spells. I thought I had an ear infection since I have had chronic issues with my ear and that was the only thing that had ever made me dizzy. I went to my ear specialist and there was nothing wrong with my ear. When I told him I had back surgery, he touched my shoulder blade on my back and I immediately got dizzy. He indicated that this was common after surgery as your muscles tense and are inflamed. He put me on a muscle relaxer and upped my dosage of bextra (anti-inflamatory) for the next 4-6 weeks. This did help.

Please do not get discouraged about your surgery yet. I found that every six weeks or so, I would see a marked improvement. The rest of the time, I was just getting by. It really takes much longer to feel back to normal than they really tell you, or at least it did in my case. It was truely a full year before I felt like I was pretty normal again. Please hang in there and follow Dr's orders. I would ask him about PT though, or even some flex type exercises you could do at home for now to keep the scar tissue from forming and causing issues later down the road. Also, you might ask about icing your back. My surgeon didn't tell me this, but I learned from others on this board and it helped me a great deal.

Wishing you better days ahead! Dee
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