I'm new here because I really need some help deciding on whether or not I need surgery. I just found the site and it looks really helpful...
I'm 19 years old and I herniated my L5-S1 and L4-L5 discs in september but apparantely my L5-S1 is the only disc bad enough to require surgery. For the first few months, I had so much pain I could barely function and I had no feeling in the side of my foot. I had originally scheduled surgery for December but I felt like I was improving (regained foot feeling back, etc.) so I cancelled it and moved it to february.
Well now it's getting close to surgery time again and I haven't gotten drastically better since December but I am unsure what to do. Here is my situation....
I get sharp leg pain whenever I move around in bed, get out of bed, or bend over but other than that I have very little pain. I still can't play sports however.
I also can't stand entirely straight without leg pain kicking in, however most of the time my legpain only goes half way to my knee (it isn't as bad as it originally was)
I can sit for about an hour and a half before I start to feel twinges of pain and if I don't lie down soon after that I get very stiff and the pain increases.
I can't raise either of my legs high enough to successfully stretch my hamstring before pain shoots down the right leg. (Left leg raise included)
Other than the problems listed above, I can live my life fairly normally. I can attend all of my classes, go out on weekends, I just need to sit down more often. The only thing that bothers me is how I can't play sports or run at all and the fact that I need to lie down every two hours to calm the pain down.
I need to decide by tommorow whether or not to have surgery because the secretary is threatening to take me off the list since I have already deferred it once. What do you guys think? Part of me is afraid of the microdiscectomy, but part of me just wants this leg pain to be over.