Microdiscectomy Links

I had a microdiscectomy operation early Feb 2012. The operation was routine with no complications.

The detail of my back problem leading up to my operation is in the post Post Op week 1.  But a brief synopsis is it started in  June 2011 with very stiff and sore back after a Guide Camp. August 2011 is probably about the time I herniated at L5/S1 and when the sciatica started.  I had a root block under x-ray, a re-herniation, an epidural and by late December 2011 I was in the worst pain I have ever experienced.

I have tried to write up my experience to help others.  If I was to give anyone about to take the same journey a single piece of advice it would be: don't believe the superman 'I healed in a week' stories, this takes time and rest, don't push your body, let it heal.  Good luck.

My Pages

managing sciatica pain without drugs
post op week 1
post op week 2
post op week 3
post op week 4
post op weeks 5 and 6
Post op week 7 back to work
Post Op week 8 Reherniation?
Post Op week 8 Update
Post Op week 9 Work Issues
Post Op Week 10 back to work
Post Op Week 12
Week 13 (wondering if it is time to stop being post op now!)
Week 15
3 Month Progress
Week 18 Another Relapse
Week 21 Definite Reherniation
6 Months
9 Months in pain again
A Year On
18 Months on
A Complete Recovery (?)
Exercising core muscles
2 Years on
patellofemoral pain (visiting the Physio)
2½ Years on (running again)



Other links I found useful and supportive:

http://www.mymicrodiscectomy.blogspot.com/
http://www.neurosurgery.com.au/pdfs/postop/LUMBdiscpostoppdf.pdf
http://www.oxfordradcliffe.nhs.uk/forpatients/090427patientinfoleaflets/100720laminectomy.pdf
Emergency Sore Back Exercises
http://youtu.be/3R02jsPor_g
http://youtu.be/EnF9HLdq_5U
http://youtu.be/PF3P4YU5RQQ

I like the life style changes suggested for movement in this article but beware many of the stretches he mentions are NOT suitable for people with disk herniation or post microdiscectomy.


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