I give up - can't fight this with conservative treatment any longer. As many of you know - I have been flip/flopping in and out of pressing on with surgery for sometime now - even though I've been scheduled for 3 Aug for over a month now. Today, while picking up a few groceries for an evening get together with family and friends the numbness and tingling down both legs intensified as did the lower back pain. I could barly carry a gallon of milk. I am feeling a little better after popping 500mgs of aleve and a little later I'll knock out just about all the discomfort with some tramadol and just 1 beer. Lovely right - you all know what I am talking about.
For those that don't know my probs I have a badly herniated L5 disc and grade 2 spondylolesthesis L5 over S1. I have given this battle everything I could (5 days a week I have stretched 2-3 times a day and walked 2-3 miles a day) since November 08. I feel defeated. While the exercise has helped tolerate things better, I know I am really not better. I really wanted to be one of those people that took on back trouble and won. I am now going to focus on getting mentally prepared for surgery and recovery - my new school of thought is that I'll make a comeback after surgery and win then. Can't remember who posted this, but I am visiting pity city, but not staying long.
As always - thanks to everyone that has been through this for sharing their stories - this site and everyone that participates is definitely helping someone, in some way, somewhere. I know surgery is the only real chance for me to get some of my life back.
Has anyone out there had their surgery at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virgina?
All the best, Mike