I have a L5-S1 herniation for more than 1 year. Normally, my lumbar has a pain level of about 1 out of 10. If I lift more than about 30 lbs the pain increases. Hopping up and down also increases the pain. However, I don't have leg pain or shooting pain, though there's some dull pain inside the abdomen.
I have seen two doctors, one specilized in sports injury; another specialized in back surgery. Both told me I don't need surgery. But my back has decreased my quality of life. For example, traveling is a problem because luggages weighs 40 lbs apiece so moving them around is a struggle. I can't jog or hike down hill because both involve bouncing movement which aggravates my back.
The only thing I was given to do is physical therapy or back exercises. This keep me in the condition I mentioned above. If I don't do them, then it gets worse.
I read about people having micro disectomy and then are able to lift heavy weights. I'm having surgery envy.
If you have micro disectomy, what was your pain condition before and after the surgery? Is it necessary to have shooting pain in the legs before surgeon would operate?