First off, I'm just turning 25 in about a week and a half and I have 3 herniated discs (L3/L4, L4/L5, L5/S1). I've been in pain since January and the discs were discovered in March after a complaint about hip pain and then more pain. Since then I have been under treatment of a specialist. The disc herniation is pinching a nerve and so I have severe stabbing pain all down my left leg (lower back to top of the foot).
At first the doctor thought that giving me a epidural steroid injection would be what I needed. So I went through that procedure and the pain, while it lessened after two weeks came back full force. I went back to him and gave him this information and he recommended surgery. I didn't want to hear it (because I'm stubborn and young) and ask for a Rx refill and a physical therapy Rx. He said after this last refill, he wasn't going to give me any more pain medication. He said that he thinks surgery would be the next step because he doesn't feel that conservative methods are working. Since then, I have been trying to locate a physical therapist and have started seeing a chiropractor. The chiro says it's going to be at least a month before we know if this is going to help (UGH!).
But for the past two months, I haven't been able to stand up straight, the top half of my body leans to the right and I'm in constant pain, with good days and bad days. Thing is, I'm getting married in September and I don't want to be crooked walking down the aisle and we are also thinking about starting a family and I need to be healthy for that. I'm wondering if I should seriously consider the surgery and recover before the wedding. My fiance and my mother think that it would be a good idea after knowing how much pain I'm in and how it could seriously help. My quality of life has gone down, driving hurts, going to work is uncomfortable and my mobility is limited, going grocery shopping is painful and afterwards, I have to lay down and rest because I'm in so much pain. Basically, I can't keep up with my life.
I don't know exactly what to do and need some advice. Can anyone help me out?