hello everyone i am new guy here. i have had severe stabbing numbness tingleing and well just a lot of pain from right buttock to right foot since jan 1 2009. MRI shows broad range bulging of L4-L5 and large rupture of L5-S1 that has displaced S1 nerve root with spinal cord compramise..
Not completely sure what compramise means but i do know it hurts. I have had 2 ESI's which did nothing.
My surgeon says my only other option is a partial lumbar discectomy. the injury that caused the pain to start was simply standing up from a chair. I am a firefighter and now going on 2 months off work the worry of loosing my job and the effects on my wife and new born son have made me so lost in what to do im going crazy. i have 4 months before my position at work will not be held any longer but these injections are not getting me anywhere close to going back to work. It seems most of you who have had surgery ended up reinjuring doing something simple. My job is extrmemly demanding both physically and emotionally.
My questions are
Have any of you had surgery and continued with agressive physical activity with no problems.
have any recovered within 4 months to be able to do hard physical work.
Is having the surgery selfish rather then waiting to see what happens with back over time.
is fusion the only choice if i reinjure the same disk after surgery.
it souonds like i am looking more for support then anything else. I spend most my time making decisions about other peoples lives now i am having hard time with mine. I think my biggest fear is having the surgery and then still not being able to return to work. My job is my passion and have spent years training to be who i am. I dont think i could ever replace the satisfaction i get from my job. Is having surgery a 50/50 flip to getting back to work. any words of advice would be appreciated.