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L5 bilateral laminectomy positive results one week in

I just had a bilateral laminectomy and microdiscectomy on Dec. 22, about six days ago. I was so scared and unsure prior to surgery, so I thought I'd share my experience.

I woke up with numbness in my foot still, but otherwise the pain in my leg was gone. In its place was surgery pain. Not going to lie, the first day was tough. Back and body felt tight and weak. Rolling over took mental strength and getting up to go to the bathroom and back was an exhausting experience.

Night of the surgery I began to have extreme sciatica type pain that shoots down my leg when I move a certain way. 6 days later I still have that pain but it is lessening.

So for me, the first 24 hours was just lying in the hospital bed watching TV. (I was a bit neglected in the hospital I was in--they left me alone and didn't give me food until about 9:30 p.m. and my surgery was a 7:30 a.m. so my weakness may have been also because I hadn't eaten for like 24 hours.)

The next morning however, I was up using a walker fairly easily. (The walking was easy, getting out of bed was still hard). I mostly held the walker and marched in place while watching TV. Walking more than the length of the hospital hall was still difficult as my legs and core felt weak.

On dec. 24, Christmas Eve, two days after surgery, my extended family came to my house because I couldn't walk more than from the couch to the table or the bed to the bathroom. I was able to sit at the table for short periods and enjoy conversation, but mostly I paced a lot because that felt better. Most importantly, I was able to enjoy several hours of Christmas Eve with the family! I was thoroughly exhausted when they left however.

But each day has got better and easier to move. Yesterday, day 5, I ventured out to the store -- I used my crutches. Today, day 6, I woke up feeling significantly "looser" and plan to go to the store again, just to get out--this time without crutches. I had cleared this week so that I wouldn't have to do anything but lie around the house if needed (time off work, pre-made meals, etc.). So not having any pressure on me to do anything has helped I think. Also, walking around the house I feel has helped me to regain basic strength in my core and legs, so that I'm feeling stronger every day.



  • Hi caligirl8

    Welcome to Spine-health

    Thank you so much for sharing your surgery and recovery with other members. It is good to hear you are improving as the days increase. Just be careful not to overdo things too quickly. This is easily done, when we are feeling good :-)

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