Severe pain to normalcy after microdisectomy on L4,L5s1
37 year old ... Male, very active. Original MRI diagnosed with Herniated L4, L5s1 to begin with. Treated with meds and physical therapy. That got me to a point where the pain was tolerable, but could still tell it was there. Two months later i did something to agrivate ... turned into SEVERE sciatica pain down left side ... Left buttocks(periformis muscle) left leg and foot. This was a dehabilitating pain .... Couldn't walk, sleep, lay down, sit in my office ... I couldn't find a comfortable position anywhere. When doctors ask a pain level 1 to 10 .... I don't believe anybody has ever experienced a 10, but mine was certainly teetering on a 9.5
Met with a back specialists who looked at new MRI, and X-ray. He basically said I had a gumball sized portion of a herniated disk pushing on my sciatica and I had two options... 1. Epiderol shot to numb the nerve 2. Microdisecotomy at theL4,L5 level. He had his recommendation, but wanted me to do the research and look at the data. In the meantime he wrote me a rx for neurotin to help me push through(highly recommend this drug ... Not a pain killer ..
I think it's actually an anti epilepsy drug .... First time I was able to sit or sleep in months).
After looking at the TRUE data(medical sourced) and not just scary internet message boards that brings out just the negativity I opted for the Microdisecotomy. Procedure was done ...lnstant relief when I woke up. Went home that night. Weakness from being put under, but outside of that nothing I could tell except for tenderness around the incision. Rx for Percocet, Valium(doc didn't want any unnecessary muscle movement thank god for Valium),as well as a stool softener because of other rx tendency to cause constipation. I was given a cool back brace as well to keep from unnecessary movement twisting. I agree with an above poster ... Don't just overmedicate .. I went heavy the first three or four days and slowly went down from there. Some pain is good ... It tells you you're alive.
I was dancing with my 8 year old daughter after 8 weeks .... Wrestling with my6 year old son after 9 weeks ... Golfing, playing hockey, basketball and back to 100 percent. I do religiously keep up with core exercising ...
If you're debating what to do about your herniated disk, with sciatica pain ... Do the research ... Look at TRUSTED data ... Not just random message boards with trolls. Listen to your doc ... Follow his/her instructions ... Look at the data ... I believe Microdisecotomy has a 98% success rate. You should be fine ....lemme' know if you have specific questions.