It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Back Problems Message Board

  • L5/S1 Microdisktomy 11/18

  • Post New Thread   Reply Reply
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 11-25-2019, 08:43 AM   #1
    satz
    Newbie
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Nov 2019
    Location: USA
    Posts: 5
    satz HB User
    L5/S1 Microdisktomy 11/18

    3Hey Everyone,
    43 yr old guy here. Just had my L5/S1 microdisktomy.

    Injured it in 2013 November, took alot of PT and 2 injection and nearly a year to heal.
    Then hurt it 2018 jan - Recovered in 2 months on gamapentin
    then Jan of 2019 hurt it after sneezing for months with flu , phemonia , bronchotis.

    struggled the whole year, i would wear a brace and do krav mega a mixed martial arts ,
    my scatica hurt like hell after a riding a motorcycle all day or if i go to the track and race on the motorcycle.

    anyway, i was given 2 injections in Sept which actually flared everything.
    had my surgery last monday. i was on pain meds for 3 days and now i take one during night time to grab a good night sleep.

    I am back at work as i am not sure if its good or not.
    Surgen said i can return in 1-2 weeks. I work from home . i am doing 1/2 day for 3 days and then off for thanksgiving. My commute is 8 stairs.

    i have a standing desk at home and a good chair. i stand and work for a while and then sit and work. i do some phone calls for 30 minutes in the morning.

    i do walk upstairs for a coffee, water or snack and down every hour often. i plan to laydown after lunch and watch tv or snooze.

    Plan to take it easy till feb where i fly to India which is a long flight from usa and then maybe start riding motorcycle in april.

    dr appt in dec 11

    i was not given any instruction other then BLT and 5 lbs .

    satz

    Last edited by satz; 11-25-2019 at 08:45 AM.

     
    Reply With Quote
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 11-26-2019, 08:30 PM   #2
    teteri66
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Nov 2010
    Location: USA
    Posts: 9,208
    teteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB User
    Re: L5/S1 Microdisktomy 11/18

    Welcome to the board. Did you have any specific questions?

    It is important to keep moving, in a sensible fashion, to not sit more than about 20 minutes at a time and to avoid any repetitive activity or motion. Walk outside, not on a treadmill, for instance.

    The trip to India is fraught with potential to harm your healing. Is this necessary?

    I personally would not start riding motorcycles so soon. You really need to be healed thoroughly or you risk rupturing the disc again. It takes a good long time for it to heal and toughen up....otherwise you end up with chronic herniations, eventually leading to fusion.

     
    Reply With Quote
    Old 11-27-2019, 06:11 AM   #3
    satz
    Newbie
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Nov 2019
    Location: USA
    Posts: 5
    satz HB User
    Re: L5/S1 Microdisktomy 11/18

    thanks , very confusing as Dr says i can return to normal activity in 6 weeks and so are my friends who had back surgery`s. He is even says i can return to Krav Mega in 8 weeks which is all kicking and alot of back efforts . while sparing one gets kicked alot of the BT nerves. i am taking a year from that and jujitsu as its a
    ground fighting martial arts and its all back and legs.

    Going to ask him on my checkup about the trip. which is 12 weeks post surgery which i am told by all my research is the go time even major back surgery. i already moved the vacation and do not want to really loss 8k in the package.

    i hurt my back by going to buffets , sitting on my buttt and doing nothing. i avoided surgery for 8 yrs by being active and lossing weight. funny that sitting and eating causes so many issues not doing martial arts, racing motorcycles and hiking in the Appalachian.

    Last edited by satz; 11-27-2019 at 06:14 AM.

     
    Reply With Quote
    Old 11-30-2019, 09:09 PM   #4
    teteri66
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Nov 2010
    Location: USA
    Posts: 9,208
    teteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB User
    Re: L5/S1 Microdisktomy 11/18

    Well....I am a wet blanket! Having gone through four lumbar surgeries over the space of about ten years, after having visited probably about 15 spine surgeons (lost count) , etc..., and being fused from L3-S1, I can only offer you some practical advice!

    First, you donít say how old you are...but I am guessing fairly young (at least from my perspective!). I can only suggest you think about what you want to be able to do in life in the future! (Not immťdiate short term). What quality life do you want in a decade or two? I know almost no one who had just one back surgery.

    After my first two surgeries, (the very first fused L4-5), where I was given no guidance and the very cheery ďoh, you can go ahead and do whatever you want...Ē I began working with a couple non-western/non traditional technicians who focused on body mechanics, kinesiology, structural alignment, etc. Spine surgeons know very little beyond their specialized training falling between the neck and sacral area...and, furthermore, arenít all that interested.

    I think, if you simply rely on the optimistic words your surgeon is giving you, it may work for awhile...but Iíd be amazed if you arenít setting yourself up for lots of misery down the road.

    Even with a micro-discectomy, it can take up to a year for the damaged disc to heal and to set up strong and gain some toughness...kind of like scabbing over. Prior to this complete healing, you run a greater risk of reinjuring the area. I will also mention that with each subsequent injury, particularly if you have had sciatic pain, the nerve itself can become scarred as it can develop scar tissue just like the herniated or bulging disc.

    Iím not saying give up what you love doing. I would just urge you to be thoughtful, donít necessarily take what your surgeon tells you at face value and think about your life beyond the next couple years!

    Also I donít know anyone who recovered from major back surgery in 12 weeks time. That is absurd! Youíre over the initial recovery...but far from having complete energy back, far from having healing completed!

    If you go to India, be sure you get up often and walk up and down the aisles of the plane. Sitting for more than 30-45 minutes, is detrimental to healing!

     
    Reply With Quote
    Old 12-01-2019, 02:28 PM   #5
    satz
    Newbie
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Nov 2019
    Location: USA
    Posts: 5
    satz HB User
    Re: L5/S1 Microdisktomy 11/18

    Thanks , I am 43 . I am taking a easy year and once after maybe 6 month maybe start to work out. I am getting so many feedback itís confusing . So many great recovery and a very few bad scary ones. Hopefully I will not be a scary story. I listen to my body and leg .

    2 weeks down , I have to return to work so a lot standing , walking around my office ,. When tired plan to lay down as I work from home.

    I have entered the phAse I hAve been with out pain meds like Tylenol for a week , so trying to walk and bend at knees . Hardest is putting sock while sitting down . I keep scarring myself moving all the time .

    Flying to india i have upgraded from economy for leg room. also have i am travelling with family so i can move around a bit more if needed and move the kids around.I also have more leg room and its more a recyliner than the economy seats. i have done this flight before and wednesday night flights are empty atleast for the 2nd haul from london to chennai india. If its needed i might jump up a class so i can get the bed . The wife and kids will carry the luggages haha .other than that take it easy and get some sun .

    satz

    Last edited by satz; 12-02-2019 at 08:00 AM.

     
    Reply With Quote
    Old 12-05-2019, 07:01 PM   #6
    teteri66
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Nov 2010
    Location: USA
    Posts: 9,208
    teteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB User
    Re: L5/S1 Microdisktomy 11/18

    Good! Those plane upgrades will help.

    Let me pass on an exercise that will be helpful to you. It is very easy and is a natural form of traction.

    Lie flat on your back, knees bent, feet flat on floor. Be sure spine is straight and aligned. Do a pelvic tilt to be sure pelvis is in neutral position.

    Place arms close to sides with palms facing upward toward ceiling. Now, relax and breathe deeply from belly, so you can see it going up and down. Lie in this position 2-5 minutes, breathing gently....

    Thatís it. It is a natural form of traction that unloads the discs and helps to realign the spine.

    When my sciatic pain was really bad, I sometimes could be found doing this...in a quiet corner of an airport, a dressing room in a department store, etc. when I needed to get the pressure off a spinal nerve!

    To this day, I do it morning and night. It is good for people who donít have spine problems...and great for those of us who do! And you do, regardless of surgery!

     
    Reply With Quote
    Reply Reply




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is Off
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:12 AM.





    © 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!