I had a Laminectomy on my L5 and L4 toshave some material off that was pressing on my nerve canal, which was sending messages to my brain basically telling me that my left leg from my toes to my hip was in pain and getting worse. Had the op and immediately ftrom that moment the pain ceased, l was told not to drive for 6 weeks, and to be honest for ythe first 4 weeks l wouldnt have wanted to, l didnt go fishing till week 7.
From not being able to walk for more than 100 metres, l can now go 10 miles if needed.
I would say dont rush things mate, let your body heal properly, and you will feel the true benefits in the long term, it was the best thing l have ever had done.
I may be looking at having some of my vertebrae bolted up as I have collapsed discs in my lower back... I had the cortisone injections under a general anasthetic and 2 sets of nerve ablations (they burn the nerve endings off to alleviate the pain) that in itself is no picnic, as its done under local but you can still feel them wiggling the electrodes about and then stimulating the nerve... and the burning off is murder... to top all that its still painfull to sit or stand for any length of time... good luck with the op Riche take care o' yerself
I've only had a bad back once, that was enough. Glad Riche and Nutmeg are now pain free, it must feel like a miracle.
Wish you well for the future, Arry!
But if I ever had a spinal problem again, I'd get myself off to Fitzpatrick Referrals.
Noel is the master.
And after the op, I'd get to be joined in the therapy pool by a couple of gorgeous lycra-clad water nymphs.
Let us know how you develop and good luck. I need same op (L3) I’ve no feeling in my left leg below my knee but have refused the op for now as I can still ride my bike and can run a little. Every so often I get back and can’t do much but it only last a week or two. I’ve put it off because they said the feeling in my leg might not come back as the nerve might stay squashed. But I suppose I’ll never know if I don’t go.
Hope your back improves, just don't rush into things. Over the last 5 years I know 3 people who have had op's to remove bits of disc, 1 went well , the other 2, well, best not go there. Guess which one had it done on the NHS.