So I thought that after I reherniated my disc that things would just go downhill from there... But in fact the opposite has happened. It was initially the WORST pain I've ever felt, but perhaps a blessing in disguise. I look at it as maybe a wood 2x4 keeping a window from slamming shut, stuck tight under there, but not in a way that its pushing or awkwardly against affecting any other furniture inside near it. I still have to be careful with how I move my body but this is the most normal I've felt in the entire last year. When I get pain it's mostly lower right side of my back and around my hip joint... If I am walking or standing for quite a while. It feels like more of a deep ache rather than a shooting pain, which I can live with more than I could live with the sciatica or the feeling of reherniation right after it happened.
Mentally/emotionally what I've done is try to keep really positive and just believe that God taking care of this and it's out of my control. Reducing stress is HUGE! I've been trying to occasionally swim lightly and I have been able to do the recumbent bike once on a very low setting but other than that all I've been doing is standing and doing a little moderate walking and not pushing myself. I've had muscles tighten up a little and twitch in my bottom (piriformis) as well as down my right leg, but no more terrible cramps. I've regained most of the feeling back in my leg but however I do have weakness in my ankle and big toe still.
Heat therapy usually feels better than ice which is weird because it used to be the opposite. I might attribute the reduction of pain to the steroid shots right after my last appointment with my neuro, however my second epidural steroid shot before that didn't work... So I can't know exactly. If its because of the power of continuing to believe that my body is healed and that the herniation is being absorbed and just sorting itself out, I'm totally okay with that.
Right now I have been off of the anti-inflammatory medication for the last four days and I only took half a tramadol yesterday. This is the first time since mid March when I was off them for 2 days. Today I haven't taken anything yet and I feel pretty good, so I'm hopeful that I can get on with life as usual in the coming weeks... Unmedicated. I still can't pick up my 26lb son for fear of injuring something further but luckily he understands that and we can still cuddle while sitting down.
So here I am living with a bigger than last time 9 mm reherniation of the disc that I've already had a microdiscectomy on and I almost feel like a normal person. I don't consider this surgery a failure at all! I believe that because of the fact that they cut out part out of my vertebrae while they were in there (called a laminectomy) is one of the reasons why I'm no longer in agony. I was told only fascia would regenerate over that spot and the bone will stay absent. this is giving my highly irritated nerve a chance to finally regenerate itself and perhaps become completely normal again.
Mind you, I never intend to lift weights again, do anything crazy or strenuous, or even touch my toes for that matter but that is definitely something I can compromise to abide by. If my body is ever strong enough to carry a baby again that will be enough for me.
I will be back in a couple of months to update on how I am feeling, unless something happens before then, but I am shooing that thought away. Until then I hope to start sewing again and update with the what this website was originally meant for. If any of you reading this have any questions or are also suffering from disc issues or sciatica feel free to leave a comment or get in touch with me via Facebook or my email.