I'm 28 years old and had my microdiscectomy 4 weeks ago after dealing with terrible, debilitating back and sciatic pain for almost a year, but I've had terrible back pain for at least 10 years (even saw a neurosurgeon 5 years ago).
I'm very depressed and worried that I wasted my time getting the surgery and that I will have to live with this debilitating back pain for the rest of my life.
I understand that it takes a very long time for the nerves to heal and that mine will probably take longer because they were compressed for years but after hearing and reading about others' recovery stories, I'm scared.
I have new and worse, pain than before the surgery. I've never had such severe sciatic pain, it runs down my butt and left leg, into my calf and foot. On top of that, my lower back pain is very severe on both sides (my herniated disk was on my left side).
Immediately after the surgery, I felt no leg pain, only pain from being sore from the surgery itself. This new pain started at about the 2.5 week mark.
I've been cautious with activities and manage to walk at least an hour a day. My doctor said it's still all normal and prescribed me anti inflammation pills that don't help much.
I'm heartbroken that I'm in more pain now.
Do you think it's possible I reherniated the disk?
Any suggestions, opinions, thoughts?
Everything looks so bleak right now and I'm normally a positive person. I'm trying to stay positive but it's very hard with all this pain.
Thanks for reading.