I'm a 27 year old male just would like to share my concerns and experince with this recent post op surgery. I'm creating this discussion about a MD I had on my L4/L5 4/10/2020.
A little back history I had a MD on my L5/S1 back in 06/2017. It was a severe, central/right herniation that I dealt with for 3 months and was the worse pain I've dealt with in my life. I got a MD and recovered amazingly. Immmidiate pain relief, had comcerns and doubts in the healing process but I would say the overall healing was easment. I would say I healed 98% from that herniation and felt amazing. On the first MRI it also showed non-problematic herniations L3-L5.
So time goes on and I started to look in to working out maybe around 12/2019 running, weights, cardio, etc.(I'm a firefighter so I was thinking to myself about staying in shape.) Then I got this great ideal of "I'm going to load my spine a do back and front squats," thinking that this is going to build my core and help with my back in the future. Did a couple a couple months of that felt great, stronger, building muscle, my wife was digging it and caused issues. So as of end of May/2019, I started to have lower right back pain for a week then it went to sciatica down to my toes. Did a MRI in June/2019 and showed my L5/S1 was perfectly fine but my L4/L5 was the problem child. At this time it was just a constant burning feeling and numbness with only relief was lying supine in my bed. I tried at home excercises everyday, physical therapy, ESI shots, inversion tables, some yoga, almost everyting I can do I tried, thinking it would heal to point a of tolerance.
I've dealt with this herniation for about 10 1/2 months and I would say around the 5-6 month is when the sharp pain in the right buttock, right thigh,right calf started more constantly. During this whole time around I never had pain when I coughed, sneezed, laughed or even lying on my back and raising my legs up.
To fast foward in this post I got a MRI on 3/26/2020 and it showed the L4/L5 worse than before being a central right and left moderate protrusion(which makes sense why I started to have more left leg pain than the usual.) Amazingly the L5/S1 was still fine. Had the MD 4/10/2020, and now here I am; I know I'm only 8 days post op from surgery but so far it's concerning because of the last MD it was a breeze on a beach compared to this. I'm at a point where I try to see if I'm better than prior of operation. In ways yes and no. As I'm typing this I'm sitting in a chair and I feel this dull painfull ache running down my leg and it its slightly different them prior surgery. My right leg does appear slight weaker and I'm unable to raise my right leg up while lying supine sue to pain, which before I never had this issue. The surgical area in my back feels pretty good. Little odd but nothing untolerable. My main thing is the inconsistent pain in the legs some days it's in the left and some days it's in the right. There is always the fear of reherniating but I'm being smart and following the isntructions that were given to me.
My questions for everone is has anyone had a similar experience like mine? I read a lot of post of people not having any nerve pain after surgery. Has anyone dealt with nerve pain in the legs post surgery? If so how long? At what point in recovery has anyone felt like the surgery was a success? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.It will be appreciated.