I'm going in the 1st week in Feb and I'm finally confident I've done everything in my power to try and resolve this non-surgically..
I'm 39 YO and was very active.. I've been suffering leg and pack pain due to a bulging L5S1 disc since early August.
I've gone through exercises to strengthen my core, I walk 3 miles+ a day, I've done chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, anti-inflamatories, 3 rounds of medrol packs and epidural injections.
3 MRI's over the course of 7 months have shown no improvement in the pressure being put on my S1 nerve.
Interestingly, my back pain has been reduced by about 70% over the last 7 mo, but my leg pain and tingling have not gotten any better.. in fact, I think it is worse.
I'll be having a L5S1 MicroD w/ bilateral foraminotomies to give my nerves some room.
I'll be sure to post a status update afterward.