So, I am about to accomplish my fourth month of sciatica pain. I have tried various treatments - NSAID's, steroids, chiropractic etc. etc. The pain has not gone. Actually I am not in pain all the time - it is triggered by certain movements - but almost all movements trigger it. I work as a lawyer and I have to sit the entire day - it is a living nightmare. Of course I stand up every 30-40 minutes but the standing is the most painful movement. Actually after a day at work my only wish is to come back home and to lie in my bed. I don't see much sense in such kind of life.
Two or three weeks ago I was considering a microdiscectomy, but after browsing through the forums with all these failed surgery stories I am so terrified that I chose to lead this miserable life of pain instead of undergoing surgery. I have herniated disk at L5-S1, pressing nerve root, causing this awful life ruining leg pain. Nothing helps and Im scared to death by the surgery option after reading all the forums. It seems that all the people take the following way - ESI -> Microdiscectomy -> Fusion. I had also dreams that one day i will be pain free but i don't know how this can happen. Honestly, I can not understand how you people are living with pain every day. You are real heroes. Where do you find the sense of the life in pain? I can't.
So, soon I have to make a decision - to live in pain, hoping for a miracle (sciatica to go away on its own), or to undertake surgery or simply to die - no sense living the life in pain and what happens if I can not overcome my fear of surgery.
Ironically, I know people who had microdiscectomy and now they are feeling awesome, living normal pain free life. But all these horror stories... It is a gambling thing.
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