Hi all supportive friends , I had some posts regarding my huge L5-S1 disc herniation (1cm on the left). My injury started 7 months ago and had awful left sciatic pain for the first 2 months (took lot of Ibupro), but then the pain subsided( stopped Ibupro). At the third month, I started doing PT for 2 months , but PT just made thing worse. I remembered days when he told me to do some twisting exercises and spinal decompression, horrible sciatic pain came back (9 out 10, bad enough to take Ibupro). I stopped PT,then went to see my pain management doctor. He said at this point i have 2 options 1.the shot 2. surgery.
I then sought second opinion with another surgeon (same clinic), he also said I need the surgery because of the size of my herniated disc, and he said the longer i wait the more damage i will have (he is a fellowship trained - spine surgeon specializing in cervical spine (neck) surgery, microscopic and minimally invasive spine surgery, scoliosis and complex spinal reconstructive surgery)
I know he is very good spine surgeon in Dallas area.My leg pain feels much better. i m 95 % better, and the good thing is the tingling sensation seems to disappear for the last 3 days ( I didnt feel any tingling today even i had to stand full 9 hours at my work).My mobility is not 100% ;I still cant fully straight my leg when sit down with my torso 90 degree and still have LBP , it is sharping pain and deep inside. I notice if i do something that aggravates the back the pain would come back
My question is "Should i wait or have the operation?"
I know there are some people in forum who waited long time before having opt done.
I dont wanna end up having permanent nerve damage..
( I have not had any shot because i cant afford that.the shot may or may not work,but i know my leg pain right now is not bad enough to get the shot - i dont even need any pain killers)
Sorry for the long post , and greatly thanks for any comment