Hi all I am new to this very informative forum.
Back in Feb 07 I had surgery for herniated discs at the L3-4 and L5-S1 level. Surgery greatly reduced the pain I was experiencing in my right leg and back. I was also diagnosed with Congenital Spinal Stenosis
Well recently the pain has come back and its been excruciating! My right leg hurts and sometimes when I get up my lower back is so stiff and painful. I had an MRI and it reveeals that I have herniations in L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1. L5-S1 is bilateral. I have mild and occ. pain in my left leg but nothing like in the right. I saw the neurosurgeon today and he recommended a second surgery but explained that the recovery may be longer since this surgery is more extensive and like always there is no guarantee. He also recommended losing some weight too. The pills dont help.
For the pain in the left side he said if he operates it might make it worst with scar tissue and also a chance of the disc slipping needing fusion but if he doesnt i may need another surgery in the future and that weakens my back even more.
I wanted to get everyones opinion for my options:
1) Wait it out and try to lose some weight and see how much that helps.
2) Go ahead with surgery for both sides
3) Only have surgery for right side