Ok, so I hope I don't get bombarded with negative opinions on this one, but here goes....
I am 23, I have three herniated discs in my lower back along with 1 annular tear and joint athropy(sp?). I am an office manager so I do a lot of sitting and moving. I also am the only one in the office (besides the directors) and we are a non profit so I am also the cleaning crew, maintenance person, the whole office staff, etc. I basically do it all. I don't want to be limited in what I can do because I have all these problems. I am doing PT, but it just seems to make things worse, every time im done i'm stiff and in pain so I just come home and get in bed. Right now, I am okay if I don't do anything for too long and by too long its basicaly anything for more than about 10-15 min. (sitting, walking, cleaning, etc.) I don't have unbearable pain but it is enough to annoy me. I am not hunched over barely able to walk like when this first started (2 medrol packs have been taken since 04/22). I am worried that things will continue to progress back to being in a almost crippled state though. I see the doctor Friday and I am going to try to get another 2 weeks off work because things haven't gotten better these last two weeks I have been off.
Ok now to the surgery question, I have been reading online but for every "get the surgery it will help" article I read a "dont get it done" article and i'm just so confused!!! I am generally healthy, I am 5'11 and a little overweight but I am strong and have a good immune system so I personally think if I get the surgery (microdiectomy) it will be beneficial and my body can somewhat heal and I can get back to normal again. I understand it's a process and I will have to change my habits forever BUT I would rather get the surgery now while im still young enough for my body to heal on it's own. Also, I just started having symptoms less than a month ago and haven't been in PT long so I know I should "try traditional methods first" but I just feel like the older I get the harder it will be to fix. I was invited out last weekend with friends and I had to turn them down because I couldn't drink let alone dance! It is incredibly frustrating to think I can't even go out and have fun when i'm 23 and live in Las Vegas!!! (yes, me being selfish)
Does anyone have any opinions or experiences regarding the surgery? I would love feedback.