A bit of history. I am a 34yo male that is very active and in very good physical shape. A little over a year ago (3/09) I ruptured my L5/S1 disc while lifting/twisting , and generally having no reguard for my back. I immediately started having severe sciatic type pain from my left buttock down the back of my leg and around the front of my calf. I never have had any loss of strength or neurological deficit to speak of. Just alot of deep seated pain. The wierd thing is, my pain is is brought on by sitting. The more I am up and active the better the pain relief is. After sitting for long periods, and I get up to walk, it can be almost unbearable until I can walk out of it. I did PT for months and months with no real lasting help. I have had 2 steroid injections that were marvelous however they were very short lived (about 1.5-2mos relief). I have tried Chiropractic services (Cox decompression table) which again was wonderful while I was on the table however pain returned on the drive home. MRI shows a bulging disc right on the nerve root. It is not a huge bulge but my doctor says it is all about location. I am scheduled to have a micro discetomy on friday the 21st.
1) Having waited over a year since the injury have I jeopordized my chances of having a good outcome?
2) I know these things can heal themselves...but I have done my due diligence in trying that route? Have I waited long enough?
I am just really nervous and anxious about this surgery. Will it work? Can I get back to normal? I know there is a chance to re-injure (not really herniated). Will this surgery cause me to be forever stiff?
I know this is long winded, thanks for taking the time to read and offer any insight/advice. It is appreciated.