... I am five weeks into recovery for my back surgery...I had a laminectomy and discectomy L4 and L5 were involved. Prior to my surgery I had two spinal injections which is when my right leg pain and knee numbness really got worse. Now after surgery I am out of back pain for the most part... ... (2 replies)
... After you have the surgery, within six weeks when you start to move a bit better, you will find that people around you will expect that you should be "back to normal." It can be very frustrating, but do not let it influence your approach to rehab and recovery. Learn to listen to your body and respect what it is trying to tell you. (3 replies)
... Last year I tore my left Pectoralis Major tendon and was physically out of commission for several months after surgery to repair that. That's when it all started. I developed pain in my hip that turned to numbness in my foot. ... (3 replies)
... as it refers to worsening SI problems when the lamina, or portion is removed. I believe I fall into the category of "Failed back surgery" as well, because the surgery didn't resolve my problems. Being new to all of this, my worsening symptoms jive with the neurosurgeon's caution. What do you think? ... (6 replies)
... Sorry you are not happy with where you are in your recovery. My sister had a laminectomy near the same area just before Thanksgiving. She did not go to PT either. However, she did and still does walk and walk and walk. You need to move. ... (2 replies)
... decompression, whatever is pressing on the nerve is removed, giving the nerve more room to function normally. But if nerve fibers have been badly damaged, this recovery is not always possible, or the nerve can "come back" part way. ... (1 replies)
... yst pressing against my spine causing the pain. Initially my chiropractor thought is was a disc issue causing my sciatic nerve issues. My neurologist suggested a laminectomy Surgery however his concern was if I need fusion. ... (46 replies)
... Hi mufasa, Traditionally, minimally invasive surgery has a shorter recovery time so the dr may release you in 6 weeks check up. ... (8 replies)
... Thank rojcycleman. I know two friends who had laminectomies in their late 60's for stenosis, and both were happy. It seems to be one of the more successful back surgery procedures as compared to some. I think the doctor who does it makes a big difference. I'm in CT so hopefully I'll find someone good. ... (11 replies)
... My experience has been good as far as the surgery goes. ... (11 replies)
... I had a laminectomy in March, 2011; herniated 3 discs in May, 2011; and finally had a 3 level fusion in July, 2011. Finally was able to go back to work end of September, 2011. I was fine until November some time and started having pain on other side of body (lower back, side, buttocks, thigh). More tests and a different doctor but on April 18, 2012, I had a 9 level fusion,... (20 replies)
... I am 1 week out of surgery tomorrow (1 level fusion....laminectomy and this was my 3 rd back surgery). I sm 35 yrs old. 1 week out of surgery....i just got home from the hospital yesterday!! I am lucky i can walk to the bathroom today. You definitely need a new DR. I am sorry that is crazy. My Dr gave me a ballpark of a few months out of work but it all depends on ur body and... (20 replies)
... that just had discectomies this past week. Maybe you all can be recovery buddies. ... (1 replies)
... without fusion.....Most of leg pain is gone....Before surgery back hurt a little, legs very much...Back hurts more than before, but I am assuming I have a lot more time for recovery...I see my surgeon in 3 weeks ....... ... (1 replies)
... quickly, i had a discectomy/laminectomy one year ago, but i had L5-S1 herniated 11mm, and had some success....but was herniated pretty bad and had foot drop....so other complications....have known people less problems than mine and had great success from the surgery....recovery differs, but don't push it, listen to the dr orders and dont overdue it.... (36 replies)
... fusion with screws and rods with bone graft....and I am doing Great...My Surgery was on Wed April 27th and took approx 5 hours I woke feeling pretty good of course I had a pain pump... ... (0 replies)
... If you recall, I had a laminectomy at L4 at the end of July, and following that had a lot of "strange" leg pain. That appears to be mostly gone now. ... (10 replies)
Some good news: The sharp pain I was having when moving around when lying down seems to be happening much less. I don't know why, but it's either because it was from nerve pain and it's getting less, or because I've stopped taking the Lyrica (nurse's suggestion).
Also I've started doing some water walking, as you mentioned, which I think also helps.
Jim (10 replies)
... I was told it would be about 2 months recovery and my boss laughed at me because I thought I'd be back by the end of the 2 months. It's 2 months recovery and then at least 3 months rehab. but that's mostly because of the leg weakness due to the nerve damage. ... (10 replies)
Thanks again, and sorry you still are having pain. You might find this amusing, but when I asked the dr. how long to recover before I had the surgery he said "2-4 weeks" :)...
What is "WC"?
Also, I assume they said to do the logrolling maneuver to get in/out of bed? In my case, I get the sharp hip/thigh pain even when I do that, esp. when getting up, which I... (10 replies)