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Had a first MicroD in March 2007. In January 2008 I sneezed and was unable to stand/walk for more than 2 minutes as I would get terrible pain in my lower back which would radiate into my left buttock,down my left leg/foot and groin/stomach area.

Had a 2nd MicroD this past Tuesday. Surgery was only supposed to be 1 hour, but it ended up lasting 2.5 hours. Surgeon came to see me in recovery but I was too groggy to remember what he was talking about......but I see him on Aug 6th so I'll find out why the surgery took so long.

I WALKED out of the hospital 6 hours after my surgery ended. I was PAINFREE. I had absolutely no pain from the surgery at all, except for some minor pain around the incision area because it was a bit swollen. My mother was surprised at how well I'm doing. I haven't taken a painkiller since the surgery, and I've been getting out of bed 8 times per day to go for small walks since Wednesday morning.

So far, I'm very happy with the results and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't re-herniate the disc and this problem is done for good. I do have some minor (perhaps a bit more than minor) tingling/numbness in my left leg/foot....but it was worse before the surgery and I'm quite sure it's been there since I first herniated the disc 2 years it may never go away.

Just for the record, I'm 33 years old and have lived a very active lifestyle for many years. Had my first MicroD in March 2007 and thought I had made a full recovery until I re-herniated in Jan 2008.

My plan now is to rest and rehab and try to build up my core muscles as they are weak and try to live a normal life.

So....stay positive everyone.....I have been miserable since Jan 2008 and now I have some hope that I can get my back in shape and try to live a semi-normal life. I'll never take being able to walk/stand for more than 2 mins for granted and I will never forget the pain I have had to deal with.

Good luck with your recovery. I am having my second one in 8 weeks tomorrow morning!

Hi James! Wishes for a pain-free, speedy recovery. I too am 33 yrs old and in the past 3 years I have had 2 micro-d surgeries as well. May we both not reherniate for a 3rd time..I am still trying to find the cure, solution...anything to control the daily pain that comes my way. I am going on 4 years now of pain.
Does anyone know of any threads on this website that detail the do's and don'ts for MicroD recovery?

The hospital didn't give me any information at all, and I want to make sure I don't screw anything up.

I know about no bending, lifting or twisting.......just wanted to know if anyone had made a thread about more specific things not to do.


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