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    Old 07-12-2006, 08:39 PM   #1
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    24yr old male with two-level microdiscectomy....HELP!

    What's up everybody.
    My name is Mike. I was injured at my place of employment in Nov. of 2005 due to repetitive motions of lifting and twisting with very heavy objects. I had 2 herniated discs at L4-L5, L5-S1 which caused unbearable pain down my leg. Before this injury, i had back pain almost everyday for over 2 years at my job. The back spasms kept me out weeks at a time. On dec. 30th, 2005, i had a two-level microdiscectomy which took away the pain instantly. Thankgod i got one of the top 5 neurosurgeons in wisconsin.
    It has been 7 months since the surgery (6 being in therapy). I still have pain in the hip area. So, after awhile standing and walking on my leg, the hip (going to the outer side of my butt) begins to hurt causing my whole leg to become weak.
    At first I thought it was a tight puriformis, but in therapy, we have been working on healing that area with no results. So, i have another MRI on friday because my doc said the disc above the repaired ones, might have took on the blunt of the work and bulged.
    I would just like a few opinions or personal experiences in relation to my surgery and what to expect later on. I really want to play basketball again, but my therapist is hesitant on letting me play. I mean, it's been 7 months, if it hasn't fully recovered now, will it ever?
    By the way, I am in therapy doing machine weights, ab machine, leg press, med-ex machines, etc.
    Also, is this considered a permanent partial disability or total permanent? What is the difference?
    Thanks for everyone's time.


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    Old 07-13-2006, 08:41 PM   #2
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    Re: 24yr old male with two-level microdiscectomy....HELP!

    Mike, I had almost the same procedure on on 12/5/06. I am a little older. Ok, a lot older (43). My pain has only continued to get worse since I was operated on. I have also bone through almost the same amount of PT.

    My legs feel like they are made out of lead when I am in bed plus some times they start twitching. The worst pain is when I stand. I get stabbing pains down both legs and butt cheeks.

    I am now being told that my pain is from permanent nerve damage. I am waiting to hear from another Specialist now, but I am now getting my hopes up.

    At your age someone should be able to help you.

    I truly hope and pray that you can find a Doctor that can help you.

    All the Best,

    Old 08-08-2006, 05:08 AM   #3
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    Mike, how are you doing? Did you go back to the surgeon? What is your plan of action? God bless

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    Old 08-08-2006, 05:18 AM   #4
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    Re: 24yr old male with two-level microdiscectomy....HELP!

    Mike if you were injured at work why are you worried about short time disability ?? I hope you turned your injury in to your boss..

    And the pain making your leg weak , mine does the same ,I have a limp to my walk.
    Good luck your to young for all this

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    Hi Mike, Just wondering who was the neuro. you saw in WI? I know of several doctors up in WI.

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    Sorry Mike I didn't understand your question at first , until a doctor gives you a rating ( If your on comp ) Impairment rateing of more than 50% which my lawyer said they never do unless your missing a limb your only considered partially Disables. I know these things.

    Old 08-10-2006, 05:38 AM   #7
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    cut out the up and down sports. My dr. says that running and basketball, football are the worst things to do after any back surgery, swimming, or even ice skating is better than the up and down sports. 'skating is good for the back and legs, as long as you wear nylon so you slide when you fall. wearing anything else is like having the breaks on, and thats where injurys come from skating. Walking is better than running. You obviously dont want to go back in for more surgery.

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    Mike I have to tell you that I have almost the same pain as you had. I have L2-L3 herniation with nerve root hitting in that area and L5-S1 compression. I have been putting up with this pain for almost 3 years now. I was scheduled for surgery for a PED (percutaneous endoscopic disectomy) but I chickened out because alot of people on this board say they are worse after surgery or that it didnt help.

    The pain down my legs is sometimes unbearable. When I sit for a long period of time, I cant stand up and put pressure on my legs. I first have to stretch almost horizontal in my chair for maybe 1 minute and then after I do that I can stand up pretty easy. I also walk with a limp. I am looking for that surgeon. I will keep searching until I find one that I pray will operate and fix the problem. Good luck to you.

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