I found this forum accidentally (ah, there ARE no mistakes!) and don't know where to begin.
I've had lower back pain for over 10-12 years. My primary at the time said it was sacroiliitis. Over the next 10 years I had several injections, but nothing ever relieved the pain.
My new doctor sent me to an ortho who ordred an MRI, and it showed a bulging disc pressing on a nerve root. She said "ABSOLUTELY NO ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS!" and referred me to a neurosurgeon. I see him in 2 days.
I am afraid. I live and work 7 days a week on a small private ranch and train horses. Besides feeding, mucking poop, hauling hay bales, I ride almost everyday, and am starting my gelding for performance events. I am so afraid my boss'll get mighty pissed if I'm on my back for a few days. I really love my job and need it. And, i don't want to be off my horse for very long. I did read walking is the main therapy, so that's fine, I'll just lead him around!
My doc said that the new surgeries for spinal problems are very sophisticated now and not like 10 years ago.
Has anybody had this surgery? Microdiscectomy? And what should I expect? I'm probably not going to be riding the next day from what I've read! But, I can't take this pain any longer. It's always between a 8 and 10. Every day, all day, all night. I got so depressed last year, I went to the psyche hospital because I was so afraid I wouldn't make it one more day.
Sorry this is so long, but I just wanted to say hi, and ask for some information.
Glad I found you.