heart op too??? christ youve had a tough time. Im 49 (touching 50) i only started running 4 yrs ago after stopping smoking and piling the weight on...up to 97.4 kg the day i did my 1st run. Which was run 60 seconds and walk 60 seconds ha ha i still remember how tough it was. I completed Kielder marathon 2 weeks ago and got around in 3:23:12. I di a lot of biking when my back was at its worst but i currently only bike on my cross training days.
How long is it since your 1st discectomy? it was 17 months after my 1st op till i could run again. Even though the surgeon reckoned id be able to run 3 weeks after my 1st op??? i did the same as you and read all the horror stories about people not being able to run again and worked out = dont read these stories....there are next to no stories of successful operations and i figured that these people just didnt write blogs unlike people who had encountered difficulties. i cant stress enough that rest and patience is the only real thing i think will help you
Right up until new year i had chronic pain radiating from my left buttock down to my calf. Over about 3 weeks (with deep tissue massage) pain got less & less. I also stopped taking medication (Tramadol) and opted for root ginger. Root ginger has natural anti inflammatory properties with no side effects and is a lot more "runner" friendly. Like most runners - once i got back out running i felt i had to play "catch up" and ive been running my socks off ever since. The funny thing is since ive come back into running im a lot faster and have more stamina than before operations? no idea why
doubted the success after the 1st failed op really. My problem was being so bloody impatient. When i was told i could try a short slow run on news years day i did exactly that. However as it was a successful run i decided to play catch up and started training for a triathlon. Really hurt myself swimming and was told by Dr that the worst thing i could do was swim. Due to the twisting of the torso and kicking legs irritating nerve damage. One thing that did help (though painful) was deep tissue massage. As i was operated on twice through the same wound my last mri showed significant scar tissue around sciatic nerve root. I know it can be depressing - one thing thats helped me was during the whole process i kept a diary on how i was feeling / my pain level etc etc. I often have a quick look back and it honestly seems like a life time ago...im sure you,ll feel the same this time next year. (and it will take a long time to get fitness back..)
Couldn't / didn't do any core work. I also paid a small fortune for deep tissue massage...chiropractor....even acupuncture. I can totally relate with how your feeling. To be honest my advice is rest. I wish I had - i missed 17 months of running due to my injury but I've been told I could have been running a lot earlier if I'd listened to my Dr and wife. Good luck.
i had surgery 13th May 2013. this was unsuccessful and 2nd op was 12th June. this was partially successful but sciatic nerve was damaged. Had a course of spinal injections which gave me 5 days of relative comfort. I was on some serious medication up until 1st Jan 2014.....good news is i now only get very mild sciatica. Had a steady run new years day 2014 which went well (2 mile) but the rest of the month i over did things and had to rest the whole of Feb. Ive ran a few 10 milers / half marathons and 1 marathon this year and im running Jedburgh ultra next week so i suppose im pretty much cured now