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  • Mohsin
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    Hi I am Mohsin Afsar and 23 years old, I had my discectomy surgery of L4/L5 on 9 January 2018. I am sharing my experience of post surgery and recovery here so that others can get benefit from it. It includes from all the symptom of my post surgery and my recovering story. It is bit longer but worth reading.

    DURING FIRST 2 WEEKS: Soon after surgery pain was gone, I was too much happy that such a long lasting pain was gone and I am back into my life. But things became more challenging which I haven’t thought about it. The first week after surgery was much painful because of pain in the incision area, I was hardly able to move, stand and sit. New symptoms of recovery just began which includes hip burning, pinching, pain in calf, extreme back weakness and pain while sleeping. During first 2-3 weeks I was hardly able to sleep because of irritation pain of surgery and nerve disturbance. Gradually I was experiencing some new symptoms which made me in tension about my health but later my surgeon told that its all part of the recovery.

    4 WEEKS LATER: After four weeks I just experience that my back has became too much weakened which shows some hard time while laying down or sleeping. Gradually it started to rise and I went to my surgeon who gave me a back pad and deep heat tube to apply back.

    6 WEEKS LATER: I was recovering in a good state but still was having doubt because of the rise in post surgery painful symptoms. however, my surgeon advise me that it takes time to settle down, because nerves are sensitives and needs to recover after having inter-laminar discectomy surgery. I came in some comfort after meeting my surgeon.

    2 MONTHS LATER: It was great that all those painful symptoms that were in numbers started to level down, and I was feeling much more better than before. I started all my regular activities on light duty.

    3 MONTHS LATER: All those symptoms that made me fearful slowly vanished leaving me in good and better health. The most painful symptom was the back weakness which caused me too difficult to get up from bed and stand. Every thing is fine now and my doctor has cleared me.

    CURRENT SITUATION: My surgery occurs soon after my graduation, and now I am on the 6 Month of my surgery. Nothing is up to now regarding any symptoms or pain. I am back into my life just engage now in searching for good job opportunities after fully recovering from that state of horrible pain tenure.

    My doctor in my last appointment told me that start your regular activity and avoid those activities which can cause pain such as bending, twisting and heavy weight lifting. He also advised me to use pillow in office while sitting for more comfort and I will remain in good health as long as I will take care of my back.

    That’s all, I hope sharing my story and recovery would help others that after surgery various symptoms can arise but we should remain clam and have patience and must have a followup with the surgeon.

    Have a good health every one.
    Take care

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Thank you for sharing your surgery and recovery. This can be helpful to those needing a personal narrative for microdisectomy recovery.

    Dr. Corenman

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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    Mohsin, You posted your story some time ago, but I just read it and wanted to thank you for sharing it as I found it helpful and encouraging as I recover from my surgery. I hope you and your back are still doing well.

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