In November 2007 I was diagnosed with a Herniated disc and a bulging disc. The doctor never mentioned which discs were affected. I was having mild lower back pain and severe sciatic pain in my left leg from my buttocks to mid-calf. Before my insurance would send me to a specialist, I had to try physical therapy, muscle relaxers, and a round or oral steroids. I didn't receive any relief, so I was referred to a surgeon. By this point, I had been having severe sciatic pain for approx 6 months. He suggested a round of Epidural Steroid Injections. The first ESI was the most painful experience I had ever gone through. I was literally crying and screaming on the table from the intense pressure. The 2nd and 3rd were painful, but nothing compared to the first. The injections helped the back pain but did nothing for the sciatic pain. I wanted to try everything alternative before surgery. I went to a chiropractor for 3-4 months. This helped the sciatic pain when I was going 2-3 times a week, but once I cut it back to 1-2 times a month, the pain returned. Now, I have horrible pain at night. I usually get up around 5 or 6 am, just because I can't stand to lay in bed anymore. Muscle relaxers and pain killers don't work anymore. I have an appointment with the surgeon on Nov 21. At this point, it seems like surgery is the only option.
I would like some advice on what questions I should take with me to ask the doctor. Also, if you've had a discectomy, I'd like to hear about your experience. What was it like when you woke up at the hospital? How long did you stay in the hospital? What was your recovery time? I work in an office, so I can sit, or get up and walk when I need to. Also, it's a large corporation, so our HR department is willing to get you any special equipment needed (special chair, desk that raises/lowers so you can sit or stand, ect). I'm just really scared and really confused about everything going on. I'm only 23 years old and can't imagine living the rest of my life in pain. My husband and I are wanting to have a baby, but I want to take care of the pain in my leg and back before that happens.