I am scheduled for my surgery on Friday morning (it is Wednesday night now) and I am starting to question if the surgery is really necessary. Here is my story.
A few months ago I started feeling pain in my right leg and back while standing and walking. I went on a vacation and did a lot of walking which seemed to have made the pain worse. When I got home I made an appointment w/ my PCP and she gave me a steroid regimen and recommended PT. I started PT but after 2 visits of PT which involved mostly hamstring stretching the pain got much worse. The pain was so bad that I couldn't sleep, stand, sit, you get the idea. I went for a MRI and I could tell by looking at the films that a disc had herniated. It is L5-S1 and is certainly a good sized herniation. I saw the spinal doc and he almost immediately recommended surgery - just due to the size of the herniation.
Since this meeting the pain has basically all subsided and was replaced with lost muscle strength in my calf and numbness on the bottom of my foot. The numbness seems to be getting better but the strength hasn't seemed to come back.
Now I am just a day or so from the surgery and I am starting to feel better I am beginning to wonder if the surgery is really necessary after all.
Any thoughts? I don't really expect an answer but maybe some guidance? In the back of my mind I know that if I don't get it fixed it will be some small movement and then I am back in severe pain again.
It is just hard to accept surgery when I seem to be feeling a bit better.
Thanks for your thoughts.