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Old 04-15-2002, 11:27 AM   #1
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"How To Feel After A Discoctomy "

Hi i just had a Diskoctomy.What I would like to know is just after 4 days my right leg still has some pain and my right foot is sort of numb.They say this is normal becauce of the nrves beiing pinch for so long and they need to heal.Is this so.As well how long can i sit each day what are some things to be doing When do i see major improvement would so much appricate all the advice Thanks Shawn

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Old 04-15-2002, 06:06 PM   #2
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Re: "How To Feel After A Discoctomy "

Don't mean to sound discouraging, but my surgery has been exactly one year ago, my symptoms were still there
right after surgery and have only gotten worse. Now,
the pain is in my left leg as well, i just had a recent
mri [last week] that showed degeneration, and other
problems that i did not understand. I'll find out
more tomorrow, i start another series of epidural
steroid injections.... Hope they work this time, i'm
scared it's some type of stenosis from the degenerative
disc. I certainly hope that your outcome is much better
just don't over do it!!! I went back to work 2 weeks
after surgery, 4 kids, and a whole host of problems
give your body time to heal!
I'm sure, that i caused my self to re-injure or never
heal properly or what ever you want to call it
and i'm paying dearly for it.
Wish you well , <img src="">

Old 04-15-2002, 08:13 PM   #3
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Re: "How To Feel After A Discoctomy "


I had surgery on January 14th so it's still pretty fresh. Gotta say I was right there with you on the forth day. Man, all I could think about is "what did I do???" I can not understand how anyone could go back to work two weeks after surgery where I could barely walk.

My surgeon gave me very strict restrictions. And I really tried to follow them, but it was hard. Basically the doctor told me not to sit for no more than 10 minutes for 4 to 6 weeks. Now I know that 6 weeks is extreme, but I for one had one heck of a time sitting. That was where my trouble was before surgery and still is. I think the best bet is to take it easy. Don't lift anything. (My husband still won't let me lift a gallon of milk) Rest as much as you can, but when your up to it, move around a little bit. I did most of my "walking" from my pull out couch to the bathroom and back for the first two weeks. But I had terrible muscle spasms that if I tried to move, would "freeze" me in a huge cramp. I am not sure if that is "normal" but for me that was the hardest.

If you can, baby yourself as much as you can at first. I'm not talking about vegging out for weeks, cuz walking is really good. That is basically the only "exercise" that my doctor recommended for me. I tried at first to walk for like ten minutes at first (like quicky grocery store trips) to half an hour of walking thru Walmart. (Just to get out of the house, I'm not much of a leisure walker, got to have a purpose) I also wasn't allowed to drive until the forth week, but unfortunatly I am still unable to drive. (muscle spasms)

I do not regret at all having this surgery. And the funny thing is my back hurts more than it did. I had lost all feeling in my foot and toes, and was having serious nerve problems. That is better, first thing after surgery i wiggled my toes and i could feel them.
Now, I have lost some of that feeling again but i am hoping that the nerves are still repairing themself. They have been compressed for so long that they need time to mend.

So take one day at a time. Listen to your body. Don't rush your recovery because it will make all this crap your going through worthtless. Also, call your doctor with any question that you have. Hey, that's what they get paid the big bucks for, lol. Any other questions or if you just need to vent, or share with us, please do. We are always looking for a success story and are always here to offer a shoulder to cry on.

Good luck and please keep us updated.

Dayna <IMG SRC="">

I know this is long, but I guess I was on a "typing spree". My back feels pretty good tonight and I am using the time for fun on the computer. Take care.

Old 04-17-2002, 11:59 PM   #4
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Re: "How To Feel After A Discoctomy "

Hi guys,
I'm leaving messages all over the place!! Trying to ensure I get as much info for my hubby so I can also be sure he is doing all the right things and that we have the best possible post op regime AND a permanent preventative regime in place.
I have a pretty good idea of what he should/shouuldn't be doing as I outlined in my topic Post Surgery Recovery Regime. He goes in this Fri for Sat op microdiscectomy (20th Apr).
He's had 2 1/2 yrs of regular problems (intermittant for 6yrs prior to that) and the last 5-6mths of pure hell and totally unable to walk/sit or sleep properly.
His discs are all in great signs of any probs except this slipped L4/L5 disc which is slammed up against his nerve.
Our neighbour had a fusion 2yrs ago by the same surgeon and he has a good rep for not being scalpel happy. Our neighbour,thus far, has never looked back!!
To Cwesterman...what you have mentioned as to overworking etc is exactly what I'm trying to ensure Paul does not do. Dayna5 you mention not lifting which is what we know (we have 2 1/2 yr old son and we've been explaining to him for along time why daddy cannot lift him) and that your hubby won't even let you lift a gallon of milk (we use metric so a gallon means zippo to me!)and to walk (again I've checked this out too).
Anything at all that any of you, including you Shawnjj, can tell would be great. We may already know but there may be an extra little something we don't.
I am trying to get as much info as I can BEFORE the surgery so I can talk to the neuro myself and have questions ready!!
As you say Dayna5...we've got to get the best out of such surgery and I am determined to ensure my husband does.
We find that taking chrondosamine seems to help Paul a lot even with the muscle spasms. So we have more on order via our naturapath for the post op/thereafter. We have a ray lamp, massager, acupress AND a zapper. Paul's uncle had a fusion....problems then starting using the zapper (Neuro muscular stimulator) and reckoned it worked and has been great since.
Anyway folks....our best regards to you!
Saroz and Pauloz

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