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L5/S1 Partial Discectomy

I thought I would start a new discussion as most on this topic are quite old. I am ten days out from surgery micro discectomy L5/S1. Pre surgery I had no sensation down one leg and across the top and sole of my foot, including all toes. Post surgery the numbness has persisted but from about day 6 the horrible sciatic pains have finally lifted!!! I've been walking a lot as it is the only exercise my surgeon will allow me to do. The last 4 days I have walked 8-11km on the beach and found that slow steady walking is good for the pain and for the soul. I am 36 years old and hoping to be back at work (at a desk) later this week and then get back into physical excercise - including riding the 150km tour down under in January. I am hoping I will be a success story but will keep you posted. So far I am glad I had the surgery. It has given me a reason for forced rest that work understands and helped with a pain that was intolerable. So far, not easy, but going well. Hoping the numbness in my toes will eventually disappear. 
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  • trixttrix LiverpoolPosts: 34
    Glad to see your up and about so soon. I had an L5/S1 disectomy in January which is as unsuccessful. Had revision surgery yesterday so hoping it's done the trick as its been a terrible few years 
  • martyadlmmartyadl Australia Posts: 19
    I'm sorry to hear that. How was it unsuccessful? Did you reherniate or did it just not relieve the pain?
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  • SpartySSparty ArizonaPosts: 159
    Hey Marty, i'm also and active 36 year old 9 days post L5/S1 microdiscectomy.  I was told to walk only for the first month.  I feel i am recovering nicely (albeit slow).  Before surgery i walked 30K steps a day to prepare for recovery.  Before the herniation I was a runner.  Right now I am mostly pacing around the house about once an hour.  Then I ice in bed.  Each day I try to spend more time out of bed.  The surgeon said to do half what I think I can do for walking.  I am having trouble setting that pace.  I have had 2 days where I pushed it and walked around to long.  I am very encouraged by your 8-11km!!!!  Is that without rests?  I feel pain long before 8km so I stop, rest and try again.
  • martyadlmmartyadl Australia Posts: 19
    Sparty, it's not in one go. I've been walking about 4km per walk. At the moment I'm back at work and trying to walk to and from work each day (about 4km each way) and am workIng at a stand up desk. I am trying to do 10,000 steps per day at least on my Fitbit. Unfortunately sitting and driving still hurt and I have no sensation in my left foot and toes. But otherwise I am doing well and coping being back in the office. Hoping the numbness will go away in time 
  • martyadlmmartyadl Australia Posts: 19
    By the way - my surgeon said I couldn't cause any more damage by only walking so to go as far as I was comfortable with (ie unless I was in pain at the time)
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  • SpartySSparty ArizonaPosts: 159
    Marty, my doc said walk about hald what I think I can.  He knows I am a runner.  I had a really bad back tweak last night but by late morning today felt much better.  The story is on my discussion post  "L5/S1 Microdiscectomy."  I managed to walk 3 miles total and I still have a bit of the night to go.  Almost doubles my last several days.  I'm pretty happy especially considering how I started the day.  Your posts have been encouragement. Thank you!
  • AMWoodyAMWoody SurreyPosts: 107
    Marty this is an wesome recover and a great post. Well I am 5 months in and only walk a couple of miles a day. I only got back to a desk job in August (4 months post op) so you are doing very well indeed.I had numbness from the op too and was told it would go.. It DID ...
  • martyadlmmartyadl Australia Posts: 19
    That's so good to hear. I'm feeling pretty good now and managed a weekend away with a car ride, but the surgical wound doesnt want to heal over at the top - I've got a sore "hole" there and am having to put on dressings and betadine ointment. I thought the cut would have been better by now... 
  • SpartySSparty ArizonaPosts: 159
    Marty, I am doing the 10,000 plus steps a day.  I'm feeling pretty good.  Back is still sore and once in a while i get a zap if I overdo it.  At least I am off the pain killers completely.  Still not cleared to get in a car until PT starts in a week and a half.  Glad your doing good as well!
  • martyadlmmartyadl Australia Posts: 19

    Sparty said:
    Marty, I am doing the 10,000 plus steps a day.  I'm feeling pretty good.  Back is still sore and once in a while i get a zap if I overdo it.  At least I am off the pain killers completely.  Still not cleared to get in a car until PT starts in a week and a half.  Glad your doing good as well!
    Sparty, today I had my (almost) 6 week check-up with the surgeon. My incision hasn't healed over and I've still got some numbness and mild night time pain in my foot, but I'm a lot more mobile. He's approved me to start physio later this week and reintroduce some excercise, including cycling. I can't wait to do something physical again. I'll let you know how it goes. How are you going...?
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