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Old 09-13-2019, 07:46 PM   #1
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Has anyone had it done?

Iím scheduled to have one done early next month for a disc herniation on my l5/s1. It couldnít be any worse timing coming right before the start of season but itís gotten to the point that I canít even stand up for more than 5 minutes at a time and basically been on bedrest for the past two weeks. I tried PT, Chiro, massage, pain management, etc but nothing lasted longer than a day. I tell you what guys, this is the most debilitating pain Iíve ever had. From my lower back all the way down to the side of my foot on the left side. Nothing but laying down makes it subside. So if you have had the surgery:

How long did your recovery take?
Any chance I could get back to shooting within a week or two?
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:05 PM   #2
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I’ve had 3 of those surgeries, starting at L/3 and going right on down. The surgery itself is simple and you’ll get immediate relief. However, you really need to heed the docs warnings and cautions about overdoing it afterward. If you follow instructions, 3-4 weeks and you are good as new with the exception of lifting much weight.
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:17 PM   #3
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L5-L4, L5-S1 out 5 1/5 months. 16 yrs ago, time for round 2.
good luck, you're kind of out of choices. did i mention the sixteen good years?
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:24 PM   #4
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Iíve had two of them.

Surgery was easy. Follow the docs orders and take things slow. Youíre going to feel so much better youíre going to want to do everything all at once. Donít rush it or youíll pay for it afterwards.


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Old 09-13-2019, 08:30 PM   #5
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I had one done on my L4/L5 3 years ago on October 14th. I was back in a tree stand by my birthdday, November 13th. Now I had back up for helping pull an animal out of the woods and load it up because that still wasn’t an option, but I could easily climb into a stand and shoot my bow. You’re going to feel GREAT and glad you did it!
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:44 PM   #6
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Good to hear!

I just got a vertix from the fiancť for my birthday and put close to $1000 in accessories on it before all this happened. Haven’t even got to shoot it but maybe 5 times. I did get it to the local shop and cranked down to 60 lbs though just in case.

I’m still in my 20s and the thought of surgery scared me but I’m at a breaking point, tried driving the other day and made it about two blocks before hauling tail home to grab an ice pack and hit the couch lol
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:44 PM   #7
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:55 PM   #8
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I have not had that done yet but, I am having a lumbar laminectomy on 2 levels done next Friday on L2/L3 & L4/L5. Best of luck to you!
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:56 PM   #9
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I was working 9 days later. It's been 5 or 6 years

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Old 09-13-2019, 09:42 PM   #10
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L4-L5 and the L5-S1 done last August. 7 days later I went on a spot and stalk ram hunt. Walked out of the hospital the same day. Amazing relief!! After 4 years of bad sciatica, I was done with the pain! I walked a lot the first week and that’s what helped heal it faster. Laying up is not good for the healing process. Just listen to your body and know when to stop!
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