I posted about this a while ago but I really have exhausted all conservative treatments and I think it is time to get this taken care of once and for all.
I herniated l5s1 pretty bad about a year ago either from working out (warmup set), sports, or moving furniture, not sure.
Its sucked the entire time. I did nsaids, pain killers, cortisone (oral & injections), spinal decompression, chiropractic. I got a little better over the summer symptom wise but...
Im back to school this year and sitting in class is killing me.
I can't lift anymore because i keep aggravating it in the most trivial ways.
Ive been through a few doctors and i found a pretty good spinal specialist who is willing to do the operation on me. He does the laproscopic percutaneous microdiscectomy. It seems pretty promising as all my symptoms are on the side of the herniation (indicating irritation on the nerves) which he think will pretty much all be cured.
Im 21 and i just cant put up with the bs anymore. Right now i got sciatica, stabbing in my back, numbness in my foot, groin, and ass and its just no fun.
I am a bit scared as back surgery seems pretty major to me and while this life threatening, it certainly is ruining my quality of life.
I've seen a few horror stories of people online getting bigger problems after surgery but this guy assures me it is pretty routine, not as drastic as it might seem, and his procedure is very successful in tons of people.
I got a new MRI and apparantly the disc hasn't gotten any better (Actually bigger herniation now).
He said my issues very well could go away completely and i should be able to lift again (although he wants me to be more creative in how i exercise and probably stay away from competitive powerlifting)
What should I do?