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[QUOTE=TexasWildRose04]I had a Discectomy/Laminectomy at L5-S1 back in June 2004...... my Neuro told me no lifting more then what a 12 pack of soda weighs for at minimum 3 months......
Hi all... I'm new to this thread and to the group as of today. I just had the same surgery as you did TexasWildRose04 - I had a Laminectomy at L5-S1 and debris removal around the disk, which was extruded. This was done after much thought and as much research as I could do in 3 weeks - as I tried the injections of steroid epidurals with no help at all. That made me EXTREMELY ILL for 2 weeks. When it came time for my 2nd shot, I told the dr what happened and he read the updated MRI which showed my disk to be extruded now rather than just herniated as before.
It has been 1 week now since my operation. I'm still using my walker, but I am getting better quickly and and now walk around for about 25 minutes before lying down again. The pain is bearable so I am not taking the pain meds unless I REALLY need it. I have a 14 month old son who is extremely active, and hope to be able to help my husband take care of him again soon. I was told the same thing as Texas - I'll be layed up for about 6 weeks. After the 1st 2 weeks I can start to drive again, and then I will begin physical therapy outside my home. For now it is in my home 3x weekly.
Now to my question/comment to any and everyone:
How long did it take / were you told it will take before you could / can do light bending and perhaps kneeling on the floor? I know I won't be able to lift my 27 lb son for a long time, but I do hope it won't be more than 6 weeks before I can get myself down to his level. I was planning to do things like I did prior to surgery - I'll change him and play on the floor in his room or in the living room, and if he should need to nap while on the floor I'll plop some pillows down there for him and just let him sleep on the floor like he does in daycare on his mat.
Right now I have more numbness and weakness in my left leg than I did prior to surgery, but the pain is better. I don't know when or if the numbness will improve, but I sure hope it does.
Please comment/reply - thanks