I am looking to find others who have gone through a simliar procedure.
I've had spine issues since 1999. I had a discectomy L5-S1 in November of 1999 and for several years I only had occasional back pain from overuse. This summer I pulled my back three differnt times and now have limited mobility. I have had to leave work and cannot sit, stand or walk for longer than 10-20 mins. The current MRI shows severe degeneration at that level and the bulging disc is causing nerve pain that radiates into my left leg.
My doctor wanted me to have an injection but I decided that wasn't a good option for me because in the past they have been ineffective. I have been doing physical therapy for 4 months now and although I have better flexability and strength the back and nerve pain isn't lessening and I feel that I have plateued.
I am now considering surgery with the thought that it may give my relief to my current condition. Does any one have any information and/or advice?