hi all, I'm getting disc decompression surgery on a large central disc bulge at level l5-s1 next week and to be honest, I dont know if ths is the surgery I should be getting as the bulge isnt compressing nerves or the spinal chord. I have contant back pain and alot of buttock/ hip pain, Unbelievable pain sneezing and coughing, bending
forwards and backwards,lifting, putting my foot down hard, etc (you know the drill!),but its only occasionally I get pain down my legs (mostly the front of thighs, but have felt what feels like nerve pain in the groin and 'bolts of lightening' in my lower back only once or twice). I have been in pain everyday for a year and 8 months.Does anyone think this is the surgery I need? The only reason I can think of from reading into it, is the possibilty of developing bowel and urinary incontenance, otherwise I would have thought it should have been a fusion.Any ideas?