have you had surgery for ruptured discs?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Elizabeth M, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. Elizabeth M

    Elizabeth M Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2005
    Southeastern Indiana
    I had 3 ruptured disks that I had removed 16 years ago. Best thing I ever did.
    My surgery was done by an orthopaedic surgeon since it was below the spinal cord (it doesn't go all the way down). The girl in the bed next to mine had her's done by a neurologist and had to go back in twice the next day.

    The success of any operation really depends on the skill of the individual surgeon and how bad each patients back is. Everyone is different so just because some had problems or no problems really won't mean a hill of beans to your case.

    I was walking within 3 hours of waking after the surgery. They're really strict about getting you up SOON. I could feel a difference right away in my pain level. Even though my back was sore from having had muscles cut into, it felt SO MUCH BETTER! I was off work about 4 weeks. I don't regret having the surgery at all.

    Hope this helps.
    Eliz M
  2. Irish Pixie

    Irish Pixie Well-Known Member

    May 14, 2002
    My DH had a discectomy, bone grafting and spinal fusion with hardware in 2002. He had lived with sciatic pain for so long that he didn't know what it was like to be comfortable-until after the surgery. It did not relieve 100% of his pain, and it wasn't instantanous, but he is much better and will graduate nursing college next May. Most surgeons will not do the surgery unless the patient has been smoke free for, I think, 6 weeks. At least that's what DH's ortho told us.


  3. Pony

    Pony STILL not Alice Supporter

    Jan 6, 2003
    In July 2004, I fell into a deep window well, and damaged L4-5. The pain was excruciating, and continued to worsen to the point where I could not drive a manual transmission, then could barely drive my cream puff sedan. I could barely walk anymore, and the simplest chores were misery. I was not living, just surviving.

    I went to a pain specialist, chiropractor, and physical therapist, but I was still in agony and on drugs.

    It got so bad that, one day, I could not make it from the car to the front door after driving home from work.

    Almost exactly a year ago today, I had a microdiscectomy. If I had it to do over again, I would not hesitate.

    I was off work for a month. It took a little time to get back to my normal bouncy Pony self, but by January I was swing dancing with my DH again.

    So that's my story. I still get an occasional twinge, but that's because I am not always careful in how I move, or if I get lax in my exercise/activity levels.

    But I thank God that I can do the simple things: bending over to the dog and cat food buckets to feed them in the morning; driving my CJ7; gardening; sleeping comfortably; being with my DH...

    Back pain -- ANY chronic pain -- can become all-consuming. BamaSuzy, my prayer for your DH is that he finds solid relief for his back pain.

  4. Pat

    Pat Well-Known Member

    Jul 24, 2004
    I had L5 herniated twice. I had the first surgery in 1998, and the 2nd 18 months later in '99. I had hurt my back back in '79 the first time.

    I had the right leg nerve pinched between the herniation and the disk both times. I was like Pony in severe pain and no relief, could only walk with cane, and manual transmission was impossible (and all I owned).

    Both surgeries, I was able to walk after I woke up from the surgery. Doctor (same one on both) wasn't sure what caused it to herniate the 2nd time. I was off 12 weeks for the first surgery, 14 for the 2nd (I got virtigo 2 days after I got home and took almost 2 weeks to be able to walk safely again). Both times I just spent the night in the hospital and released the next day.

    I haven't had any problems since the 2nd surgery, and buck hay, move feed bags etc. daily. I would have the surgeries in a heart beat again.

  5. southernbelle32

    southernbelle32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2003
    I had the same done in 95 and would never turn back!! I had a neurosurgeon also! Check him out and felt very comfortable with him. I was out of work for 6 weeks (i drove a bus). No problems even now, feel like it saved my back never have I felt this good!!

    Now my brother had the same surgery and DSIL kept bugging him about going back to work and money till he did go back after about 3-4 weeks and he now has lots of problems so with that said I would have it in a minute BUT make sure he takes all the time Doctor says to heal and get better!!
  6. MelissaW

    MelissaW Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2003
    NE Ohio
    My orthopedic surgeon wanted to do a laminectomy and discectomy on my ruptured disk between L4 and L5, but my pysical therapist was recommeding a microdiscectomy. I wound up going to physical therapy for 4 months, and I still do the excercises and use an inversion table. I was afraid of the surgery, and have had adequate results with the therapy. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea when you are uncertain.
  7. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jul 20, 2004
    My husband had surgery for a ruptured disk last May, done by a neurosurgeon. He'd had terrible sciatic and groin pain for a long time. The pain is gone now and he is back to normal. Said it was the best thing he ever did.

    He was in the hospital overnight, had an incision about two inches long, was off work six weeks (could have gone back after 4 - desk type job) and is back to full activity now.
  8. jerzeygurl

    jerzeygurl woolgathering

    Jan 21, 2005
    hubby had the surgery it did nothing for him. still in pain to this day. he did feel better when he went throught physical therapy, but he didnt keep up with it
  9. kz

    kz Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2003
    Twelve years ago I had a cervical fusion performed by a neurosurgeon on C4/5 and C5/6. Best thing I ever did. The headaches prior to the surgery were horrible. The surgery cured that.
  10. Deb862

    Deb862 Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Upstate NY currently
    My DH had a discectomy/laminectomy L5-S1 fusion with rods in 1996. His pain had been excruitiating for many years to almost the point of a suicide, got better for a very short time after the surgery, however very rapidly went down hill from there. He has been a severe chronic pain patient since 1998. The only way he tolerates the pain is with high-dose heavy narcotics, muscle relaxors, and an antidepressant. Even with all that, it relieves only about 30%-40% of his pain. In his case, it really made no difference with having hte surgery, if anything, it made it worse. He says he would definitely NOT do this type of surgery knowing what he knows today.

    Of course, as stated above, every case is different, as every individual is different. We would definitely not recommend the surgery though.