New to the forum and hoping to share my experience with others in regards to an L5/1 lumbar Microdiscectomy I had done back in November 2018.
Before all of this I was a very active footballer and gym lover. Almost every day of the week sometimes twice a day if I could and to have this all taken away from me has been very hard to cope with. Not only physically but mentally has been a very hard challenge.
After terrible sciatica pains and hip/bum pains with multiple visits to the doctor I was sent for an MRI which showed a herniated disc and therefore required surgery. Was keen to try and avoid surgery but after 2 months physio, chiro and steroid injections (none of which helped) I was then faced with surgery. Leading up to this I had been on gabapentin (300mg 3 times a day) and naproxen (500mg 2 times a day) for about 6 months which never really touched the surface and alleviated the pain. I was struggling to raise my right leg much higher than 1 foot off the ground without terrible sciatica and pain in the back of my bum that spread around the hip and all down the back of my right leg.
I am now 10 weeks out of surgery and having similar issues with bum/hip pain when raising my right leg, though the sciatica has been mostly relieved. I am concerned that I may have some ongoing nerve damage that may get better with time. Taking just ibuprofen massively eases this which leads me to believe that It may just be an inflammation issue which is positive if so. I am due to see Pain Management and to hopefully be referred for some injections again to try and ease the pain around the affected area.
I am back in the gym cycling, incline walking and stretching as much as possible without aggravating too much. Am due to get into swimming sometime soon too.
Interested to hear if anyone has shared similar experiences 10 weeks out and beyond, generally being the bum/hip with a leg raise and if over time this eased off. I’m quietly confident and will keep posted about how I get on as time passes.
Any questions, throw them my way!