I'm looking for some advice about what I should do next.
I herniated a disc in my back Thanksgiving weekend (almost 8 months ago). The pain got worse and worse until I finally saw a spinal surgeon in January. At this point, the pain was so bad that I wasn't getting out of bed some days. He said I should get surgery, but could try the injections first. I went with the injections, but they only helped a little.
Meanwhile (now mid-March), the doctor finally found a drug, Meloxicam, that helped enough to begin physical therapy. So, I put off the surgery again and to give physical therapy a try. It was going well, but every time I went off the Meloxicam, I immediately became worse.
Finally, we decided I couldn't put off the surgery any more, and scheduled it for mid-June. However, the week before the surgery (and my first week off of physical therapy) I finally began to improve. My constant leg pain went away, though I still had pain any time I sat down too long, bent over, and so on. At this point, the worst of the pain was in my back. My doctor cancelled the surgery because I was improving, and because he said the surgery would mostly help with the leg pain.
Now it's mid-July, and I haven't improved any more. I can't make it though a full day of work, I can't sit through an entire meal, and you all know the rest. I am trying everything I can: inversion table twice a day, regular walks, standing desk at work.
I really have no idea what I should do now, and I appreciate any advice. It's especially tough because the doctor said I may be better off trying to cope with the pain and everything I've read says that the surgery is less likely to be successful after waiting this long. But, as many of you know, life really sucks when you can't do any of the things that make you happy.
Any suggestions on what to do next are really appreciated!