I am new.
After reading through the forum I feel lucky and sad at the same time.
My story and questions.
I was diagnosed with a herniated disc (8 mm ) between L4 & L5 in 1996. My doctor at the time suggested spinal fusion.
I was only 27 at the time and felt like most 20 something year olds, that I was invincible and could beat this the old fashion way and work through it. I was in physical therapy for a little over a year. I got to the point that I wasn't on any pain meds and I could pretty much do my day to day stuff no probllem. Don't get me wrong I know everyday that It's there and it zaps me to remind me all the time.
I lived around my injury and only had a few instances when the injury reared it's ugly head and put me down for days at a time.
I am now creeping up on 40 years old. Call it a mid life crisis but I am now feeling that I have not lived my life to the fullest due to this injury. I am not physically active anymore like I used to be. I generally feel weak and useless some times. I have two beautifull daughters and a great wife. I feel that my injury has stopped us from doing things that I would have normally done if I was better. I am so angry over the decision I made back then not to have surgery. It has really affected my quality of life in the long term.
So ..... My questions would be.
What has changed since 1996 technology wise???
Any input on my decision to pursue surgery???? Pros / Cons
Thank for your time and sorry for length of my post.