Hi all--New to the forum. Here's the deal...I have had back problems my entire life. I am now 35 years old and I WAS very active until last March, when the back spasms and intense lower back pain were so bad I was in bed for 3 weeks straight. Went to therapist and a chiropractor every single day for about 2 months, then a few times a week for about four months. I was feeling a lot better until I tried to play softball again, and the pain all came back as bad as ever.In addition to the back spasms, I have had nerve pain down my left leg which at times is very painful. I recently had an MRI which revealed a herniated lumbar disc. My chiropractor says that if I stick with the traction and exercises, and remain pretty inactive for the next two years, I have a 50% chance of this healing without surgery. Of course, when I went to see a surgeon about it, he said that the only chance it will heal at all is with surgery. Otherwise I will live with the pain for the rest of my life.
I am trying to decide whether to have a microdiscectomy or go the conservative route with therapy and exercise which could take much longer, isn't guaranteed to work, but is less risky. Any experience with either option that anyone can give me would be great because I am torn as to which route to go with. PLEASE HELP ME WITH YOUR EXPERIENCES!! --Tony