Ive posted on the back surgery forum a few times but this is my first post here, so I will give a quick bit of background.
Im 25 years old and have been in pain for about 3.5 years now. I tried everything in those past 3 years and finally was told time for surgery.
So on 7/19/10 I had a microdiscetomy on L5/S1. It was about a 8mm bulge before surgey and I had severe left foot pain with hardley any back pain for over a year. Well the miro d did not work for me and about 2 months later I got an MRI that showed a 5mm bulge. So 2 months of decompression on a DRX9000 machine at 3 times a week. I get another MRI and now Im down to a 3mm bulge.
Thats good news, but unfortuantly thats about as far as I can go with the program. So Ive seen the surgeon a few times and he says its not bad enough to go for another surgery. MRI shows it is barely hitting the nerve. Yet I am still in a good amount of pain, and I dont know how much of it is from nerve damage that will hopefully go away.
Next week I start PT and then they turn me loose and thats it for me. Ill be stuck with a 3mm bulge and pain and not only will I no be able to do some of the things a 25 year old should be able to, but I know it will just start to get worse and worse.