Slipped Disc L4/L5, L5-S1

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Hi there,

My story:

Had a slipped disc roughly 1 year ago from now (June 1st 2016) on the left side. The pain start kicking in right away and a very pain one. Oddly, the pain doesn't exist so much in my back? The pain came sharply in my left butt like at the Piriformis Muscle that area? So I couldn't straighten my leg when sitting down while straigthening my legs out forming a 90 degree. Quickly after that, I start having problem trying to walk with my leg stretched out far. Just imagine the penguins walking, small steps doesn't hurt much but big steps? Yeah, so basically I couldn't run or dance (Yes I'm a dancer) afterwards. Sitting on a chair can become a trouble after 20mins~ thereabout sitting down. Have a very sore and quite sharp pain in my left butt again. And finally it led to my calfs having pain as well, when i rub my knuckles into the piriformis area of the butt? It hurts like Dooms day.

Tried: TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage)

          Accupunture (Didn't work that well and I'm scared of needles)

          Steriods injection from hospital (Worked!, yeah but only for 2 days)

          Chiropractor ($4k thrown in, it helped just a little but ... nah)

Finally.... I got myself a $30k MicroDisectomy surgery, apparently, doctor say that it's worst on L4-L5 than L5-S1, hence he will only remove that area. He promised me that afterward it won't be hurting like sXXX, but promises aren't meant to be kept yeah? It hurts that i couldn't walk for 2 days. He said that he had to remove a little part of the bone for whatever reasons. 

Post Surgery Day 1- Day 7,

INSTANT RELIEVE, except for the first 2 days. I no longer have much trouble walking with big steps or sit down in a position for longer than I could. The sharp pain in my butt went away like 80%, I even need to rub deeper or find the spot to check if it still hurt.

Post Surgery 2nd week, 

Loving the results! I would say it's almost 80% relieved. But the catch here is that I still can't straighten my leg when I lay on my back trying to get my legs up 90 degree adjacent to my body. But before the surgery, I only could get like a 25 degree MAX! when doing the straight leg test, now? 60? But when I try to straighten it, it still hurts, but not the sharp pain in my butt anymore, it just feel like my calves and thighs are super super tight to stretch up straight.

I had my surgery on 31st March 2017, now still doing quite alright, my mom introduced me that doctor because her friends had trouble with slipped disc as well and the doctor manage to "cure" her with 1 surgery.

I might be missing the details, so if anyone who have slipped disc want to ask  any questions, feel free! And meanwhile if anyone who is a medical expert or specialist in this area, can you explain to me if the reason I still can't straighten my leg out straight 90 degree, is it because of the hamstrings/calfs too tight? and why does people having a big difference of symptoms as compared to mine? I've been seeing people with numbness on toes/leg or pain at the back, not much people actually mentioned that the SHARP KNIFE STABBING PAIN IN THE BUTT.

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  • Posted

    There are three nerves and one goes down into the butt and that is the one I have.

    no surgery for me though!

    Glad you have had success.

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    • Posted

      No, I cannot sit without setting it off. I cannot walk far. I am very limited. I just make sure I do nothing to start it playing up. If I sit on a recliner with pillows under my legs most of the time I get by.
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    • Posted

      How Long has it been ??? I heard once it's been over a period it kinda means that you have to do something for it to go away. Try one thing for sure, go swim.

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      I have tried that. I have tried a Tens machine. I have been to a physiotherapist. I have also seen a Bowen practitioner who had a good name. I now just manage it. It has been over a year. I am 72.
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