I am a Soldier in the US Army, I have been dealing with Sciatica issues for over 2 years now after a incident. I have had multiple MRI's along with numerous variations of Physical therapy over the course of a year and a half. I was diagnosed with a herniated disc between the L5-S1 area of my spine along with moderate to severe Sciatica causing numbness in both legs and a large amount of pain as well as pain in my lower back.
I have spoken to a surgeon about 8 months ago and he at the time felt it was better to continue doing Therapy to lower the pain. However I am in a state where i am not able to perform my job to standard, and in some cases at all which complicates my career. I was wondering if surgery would be the best thing to try, as i am now i will soon be looked at for medical retention. I would really like a shot to stay in however I hear lots of mixed opinions from Doctors and others about surgery.
If anyone who has any experience in a similar situation I would like to discuss weather I should push for surgery or not. I am certain i will not meet retention standards as i am now, but if i act to hastily for surgery I might have a even bigger problem to live with after the military.