I know no one can answer this for me but I'm really grappling with the decision to do the surgery now. My story is here:http://www.spine-health.com/forum/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/2-level-alif-35-year-old-advice
Every surgeon I've consulted agrees that at some point I'm going to require surgery to fix my pain.
Is now the time to just get it done? Just about every year I have some "episode" where I am out of work for 2-3 weeks and can't exercise for 6-8 weeks. Then with steroids, pain killers and rest it usually goes away. This time feels different and feels like after 8 years since my last discectomy, maybe it's time to have a more comprehensive surgery.
I have numbness in my leg that isn't getting any better. Every day that goes by I worry that the nerve damage is permanent. Life continues and I sit here waiting. I work from home when I want to be in the office.
I know pain is certainly one indicator but what about numbness? My pain is tolerable in my leg and sucks (as it has for the last 10 years) in my back. Would you have the surgery if all you were suffering from was numbness and some weakness in your toes?
I hate being in limbo.. I want this episode to pass or just get the surgery over with... the waiting is hard to take.