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My surgery was only 2 weeks ago but the pain is exactly the same type of pain but only worse. I thought that recovery pain would be different! He sent me for a new MRI and I see him on Monday to hear the results. Like I said, I really was just trying to get as much infor from other people so I can say... I'd like to wait or what are the advantages of waiting or jumping on the table again so soon....
Everyone that I have spoke to personally that had this surgery said it was like a miracle how good they felt afterwards. I do hope that the nerve just needs to heal but boy, what a crummy way to feel afterwards.
Oh, he also put me on steroids but they are not helping either.

Thanks again.
[QUOTE=trisa1795]My surgery was only 2 weeks ago but the pain is exactly the same type of pain but only worse. I thought that recovery pain would be different! He sent me for a new MRI and I see him on Monday to hear the results. Like I said, I really was just trying to get as much infor from other people so I can say... I'd like to wait or what are the advantages of waiting or jumping on the table again so soon....
Everyone that I have spoke to personally that had this surgery said it was like a miracle how good they felt afterwards. I do hope that the nerve just needs to heal but boy, what a crummy way to feel afterwards.
Oh, he also put me on steroids but they are not helping either.

Thanks again.[/QUOTE]

My advice on steroids, they detroy tissue. They give you *moon face* from weight gain. IMHO they are not a good thing. There are other ways to get inflammation down.
Trisa,
My experience with a microdiscectomy was in 1999; I could barely walk into the hospital (a lot nerve related issues from a herniated L4 disc), however the nerve related pain was completely gone after the surgery (I do realize my experience may be the exception, I have heard of many different recovery scenarios). I do know I left the hospital walking better then I walked in. However, I had to adhere to a real strict recovery plan (no laundry, bending, lifting, etc.) Which is difficult, especially when you are feeling better then you have in months. I basically had four pain free years -- until I injured myself lifting a 50 lb bag of water softner salt and subsequently been diagnosed with DDD, a collapsed L5 disc and an herniated S1 disc. I was pretty active the four years following my microdiscectomy and stayed pretty fit .. no marathon runs but pretty active. Anyway, I just wanted to give you an idea of my recovery and it was exactly like my Neurosurgeon described it would be -- a very successful procedure. I am glad your surgeon is being proactive an doing an MRI now; I hope you get some answers when you see him on Monday. Please keep us posted on what you find out.
-MJ





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