Hey everyone. I am new to the boards and just scheduled surgery for this coming Tuesday. I have a severely herniated L5-S1 that has caused crippling, debilitating leg pain, along with severe numbness and weakness. I cannot walk or even stand. I have to lay flat on the floor or crawl around on my hands and knees to get around the house. I can't work, pain meds do not help (and I have tried everything). I had an epidural back at the end of January and that provided relief for about two weeks before the back pain started again.
Prior to the epidural I was in agony. Unable to twist or bend, walk or move. Riding in a car was beyond torture.
Oddly, my back was doing what I would describe as "ok", and then last WEEK, BAM! The shooting, crippling agony of sciatica. In desperatio I went to a chiroprctor and it made it worse. I can barely use my right leg at all now.
Had an MRI wednesday and an hour later my doctor (pain management specialist) calls me to say I need a surgeon STAT. SO I saw the surgeon yesterday and he's getting me in to the operating room on Tuesday.
Im blessed to have docs who move this quickly. I have read about the microdiscectomy and have heard posivtive and negative things. I would do anything to have the agony gone.
The surgeon said the pain should be nearly (if not completely) gone post-op, but the numbness and weakness may be permanent. I hope that since the nerve hasn't been compressed for terribly long, that this won't be the case.
Anybody have some success stories they can share? I am nervous about the surgery.