Just an update on how things are going. 18 days since Microdiscectomy and feeling a bit better every day. I have been struggling with depression quite bad for the last week which has been my main problem. Maybe it's that I put so much into the operation solving every thing and the reality is that after months of being inactive and lying on a mattress all day that I now have to build my strength back up and struggle with stamina. Coming off the Gapapentin has been very difficult too affecting my sleep, this affected me more than stopping the Oromorph. In addition I have had months of worry about losing my job. It is lovely to be able to sit for short periods but have soreness in my tail bone, I'm sure this will get better. So for now I can say that I am definately on track with my recovery.
In both younger and older patients, vertebral fractures take weeks to heal with rest and pain relievers. Compression fractures of vertebrae associated with osteoporosis can also be treated with a procedure called vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty, which can help to reduce pain. In this procedure, a balloon is inflated in the compressed vertebra, often returning some of its lost height. Subsequently, a "cement" (methymethacrylate) is injected into the balloon and remains to retain the structure and height of the body of the vertebra. Pain is relieved as the height of the collapsed vertebra is restored.