Hello, first post here. I have done alot of reading and it has been helpful.
I myself am a 30 year old male and was diagnosed with a large disk herniation at my L5 to S1 disk six months ago. Of course I had the pain, burning and numbness that goes with it. It took awhile to get a proper diagnosis and a good Neurosurgeon to advise me.
For conservative treatment I tried physical therapy for the last four months. This really helped the pain, which only presents itself as sciatic and some low back pain after I have walked several miles or stood for more than 4 hours.
My concern is the CES like numbness I have in my thighs and groin, and also slightly in my feet. My Neurosurgion is concerned also, and suggested I consider surgery. He gives a 50-75% chance of seeing improvement with this at this time. I would really rather not have this numbness, within reason of risk of worse.
I have also had an on and off overactive bladder most of my life that recently started getting me out of bed at night. I was able to control it with medication, but it still concerns my Doctors.
Keep in mind that the Neurosurgeon made this my decision, and I decided to do schedule a diskectomy. My local Doctor, and pain management Doctor, and Neurosurgeon have all put their blessing on the decision.
I find myself trying to talk myself out of this, even thought chiropractic care is the only non-surgical care I haven't tried, mainly because I saw a chiro for years before this issue and my symptoms were misdiagnosed and mistreated when I first started having signs of herniation.
Am I leaving anything on the table before I resort to a potentially risky surgery soon? Thanks.