Hello, I'm having another microdiscetomy in 4 days on the 21st of March and I can't wait. I have used this site to gain knowledge and experience but can't stand to see another person who is suffering like me, but too scared of surgery. I originally ruptured L5-S1 in 09', it was bad and after MRI I had emergency surgery two days later. I had the micro whcih helped so much that I felt better in like 2 days and wanted to do stuff that I couldn't before. Problem is I went back to the same job I got hurt doing before and did fine with minimal leg pain for about a year. Then it all returned in my leg and back pain and I knew it had re-ruptured in the same place. MRI confirmed it and now 9 months later and thousands of dollars workmans comp has approved another micro for me on monday. Like I said I can't wait 4 days thats too long but I'm sure I will make it. I also know that it's going to help me. If you people out there sitting in pain feel the same thing that I do with pain all the way down your leg into your little toe then you are crazy not to have surgery if there is a surgery that a neuro-surgeon says will help you then do it, they dont do surgery if they dont think it will help because they wont want to deal with you after it. Seriously the surgery hurts for a few days but is way better than a life long pain. Mine is disabling and at the current time I'm only doing stuff when I have too. I tried narcotics which just made me high and hurt my stomach so I stopped taking them, I could feel the addictive side of me coming out. Im not a Dr. but don't let the word SURGERY scare you, think about the pain your in now and could it even get worse. You need to weigh your pros and cons and go for it, I'm ready to get on with my life, about you?