Hi, I had a sporting accident and prolapsed at L5-S1, and the chronic pain saw me bedridden before surgery with the loss of 10 kg's over 3 weeks. My surgeon preformed a discectomy with me ending up taking 6 months off work to recover. Surgery went well however I was still left with numbness over the right foot and a large area of my thigh would go completely numb if I lay on my back slightly to the right, together with other pains down the right leg.
I am a carpenter and after 4 months back at work my numbness in both thigh and rt foot have completely resolved and any sciatic pain was infrequent and mild. So yes plenty of hope for you.
Unfortunately though reprolapsed after a couple of intense days at work rotating torso and cleaning subcontractors glue off some finished work. Tried conservative treatments being physio and pain (tramadol) and nerve (gabapentin) meds, 3 months on awaiting fusion surgery.
6 months out from my discectomy I was so concerned that I would be left with the pain and numbness, but the body has a remarkable ability to heal and 9 months on I was 97% heading towards 100%.
Not sure what path you will take but wish you the best. Kia Kaha (stay strong)View Thread
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