I have to admit that I agonized over whether or not to have my first discectomy in Sept/2008. I don't think that I even considered participating in a forum like this because I trusted my doctor and after surgery I thought I was cured. I didn't need the support.
I reherniated the very same disk six months later, and had another discectomy. Surgery didn't go as well, but I still believed that I was cured. 9 months later, I had a L5-S1 spinal fusion and still am not able to sit comfortably. NOW, I am starting to get discouraged and honestly I'm feeling a little sorry for myself. I find myself desperate for information and insight that my doctor hasn't been providing, so that's how I came across this forum.
I would have thought that my scenario was pretty dismal until I spent a fair amount of time reading other posts. My situation is no where near as bad as many of you whom I have read about. My heart goes out to all of you who are still suffering.
I do have to wonder, though, if the demographics of this forum are skewed in terms of surgical failure vs. success. In other words, are there people out there who have surgery and it's "once and done" and that they wouldn't bother participating in this forum, so you don't see much about great success in this forum? The other thought that haunts me is whether or not the pathology of these spinal issues is that once you start down the surgical path, that the issues just keep coming and coming. I originally thought I was in the first group (once and done), but now after three surgeries, I can't help but wonder if I'm destined to keep adding to my list of surgeries like so many of you.
Again, my heart goes out to those who continue to suffer. I just wish I could also hear about successes (even though it may depress me a little because I now realize that I'm not in that group).