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Had a micro-discectomy two weeks ago and wanted to give update on progress for those interested!
Background. Had a prolapse of disc nearer the base of the spine which resulted in the worst sciatic pain imaginable down left leg concentrating in hip area, behind knee and especially the ankle, honestly felt like someone had broken all my bones and set leg on fire was the feeling I was getting! After suffering with this and getting progressively worse over two months had MRI where consultant spotted the prolapse and booked me in for an op. (no pain med worked on the pain apart from Naproxin which worked to a degree!, hot water bottle was much better). Went to physio but they made it worse (nerve pain due to prolapse is nothing like pulled muscle symptoms and little a physio can do)
After waking up from the op had no pain whatsoever (think it was all the anasthetic etc they give you during the op!) and after an hour got up and went to the loo fine – oh the joy of having no pain!
Had my main scar glued together (about 1.5 inches long in total) which felt a bit weird and was told to leave the wound uncovered to let the air get to it. Took two hours from when they knocked me out to when I was conscious enough to look at the clock in recovery, apparently takes a while longer if you are being glued as have to wait for the layers to dry.
Next day discovered my underwear and trouser waistline was right where the scar was which made the glue come off a bit so was advised to cover area in breathable gauze which worked perfectly and prevented any more glue coming away, especially at night when turning over. (oh the joy of being able to turn over without any pain!) Had a small bit of blood which over the coming days got less and less but still kept with the gauze until day 12 when the glue came off naturally.
Day 3 started to get a few familiar sciatic twinges in the same 3 areas, some days there were a bit worse and some a bit better. Noted it was when had been doing a bit too much. Got a bit worried as thought it had started to prolapse again but apparently they nearly all do this as takes a good while for the nerves to settle down again.
Am now on day 16 after the op and the twinges getting less and less but being so so careful about not sitting for too long, not carrying anything heavy, not twisting and remembering to do the exercises they give you.
Will update again in a week
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