I was requested by a number of people to post the results of my surgery. To recap, I have/had a ruptured L5/S1 that was applyiing pressure to my sciatic nerve down my left leg which was causing weakness. I tried PT and it didn't help so I had 2 epidurals that relieved the pain, but no strength returned.
So, I decided to bite the bullet and have surgery since it provided the only chance for me to get my strength back. My surgery started at 3pm yesterday and I was out of the recovery room by 5pm and out the door 4 hours later. I even walked out myself, which I was surprised the hospital would allow, but I was feeling good.
Since leaving the hospital I haven't had to take any type of medication which has been great because I'm not one that likes feeling groggy from pain medication.
So, hopefully my recovery will continue to go well and I'll be ready to hit the links and the bike paths when the snow melts.
Thanks again to all the words of encouragement and sharing your experiences, it made me feel a lot more comfortable that I was making the right decision.