I would love to hear your about your discectomy. Surgery, pain, recovery, anything you can tell me is welcome!
About my situation:
I am a 28 year old female, very athletic and active. Five years ago after a series of horsebackriding accidents, I herniated my L5-S1. It got to the point where there was pain radiating down my leg and tingling/numbness in my foot. Tried PT, not much luck...then I started working with a yoga teacher who specialized in physiology, and after a lot of dedication my body was feeling really good.
I still do yoga everyday, but my yoga teacher has since moved to New York and a series of life changes have put a lot of stress on my back. It is no where near where it used to be, but the pain is constant and I am tired of it hurting when I bend down to put my shoes on.
During a recent visit with a new spinal specialist, he suggested discectomy and I have to admit, it sounds tempting. I am generally very afraid of surgery and was not even able to get a cortisone shot because I was too freaked out. However, at this point I just want my life back. I want to feel normal and not have pain when I get out of a car. I have also been feeling pretty depressed lately, and am sometimes reduced to tears because I just can't/don't want to deal with it anymore.
Please post your experiences, advice, reccomendations, ANYTHING!! I want to hear it all! Personal messages are welcome too!