Hi - I know there are several similar postings, but I am just so freaked that I wanted to see what advice people could give me --
I am scheduled for a microdiscectomy in a week and a half and am so distressed about it that I might cancel. I was OK with it until the doc doing my pre-op work this week (a new doc subbing for my primary care md, a guy I'd never met) started really questioning my decision to have it, telling me it was major surgery and have I thought about hypnosis, chiropractors, and asking my dreams to heal me (this doc gave me this advice without looking at my MRI or even asking me about it, so he was just talking off the cuff, btw, but it still upset me.) My point is that now I am so distressed and emotional about it that I just thought I'd share my story and see if anyone had any similar experiences or advice for me.
I herniated my L5-S1 in mid to late Sept. Actually I think I herniated it earlier and just herniated it worse in Sept. I was in PT for back pain from July-Sept until it got so bad I could not walk a couple of days. MRI, then neuro who said it is about a 15 mm herniation. Lots of sciatic pain. Out of work for two months. Two steroid epidurals -- some relief but not much. Tons of numbness in foot, bottom of leg, even saddle area. Today, three months later it is much better. Still pain but no meds besides advil, and baby toe still numb (since Aug). Still can't go up on my tip toes on that leg though. And limp slightly when I walk due to whatever reflex is messed up. So of course now that I am upset and scared I think I am doing better and maybe I don't need this surgery after all. But I'm in my 30s and want to have an active life and children in my future, and I'm not sure how easy that would be as I am.
Anyway I keep going back and forth as to whether to go through with it or not. Of course everyone I tell freaks and says no way, don't do it, it will make it worse, you'll be doomed to a life of one surgery after another etc.
Thanks for reading my rambling, I just hoped someone could relate and share their stories, whatever side (surgery or no) they are on. It will help. Thank you.