First off, thank you so much for reading my post. I hope I don't ramble, just really trying to calm my nerves. I am a 33 year old stay at home mom scheduled for a microdiscectomy at the L5/S1 area. All of this has come pretty quick, so I just want to give the back story. Since May of this year, I have had pain in my lower back that would shoot down my leg. Four times I went to my nurse practitioner who stated "It's sciatica, take an anti-inflammatory". Fast forward to the end of August, I am squatting down to help my 3 year old and she ran toward me. Knowing I was going to lose my balance, I shot up, only to go completely numb and cold on my left side with a horrible pulling/burning sensation from my waist down. A trip to the ER later, they diagnose it as acute sciatica and I am sent to a follow up with my NP. She again states it's sciatica and says that if I really wanted to, she would send me to an orthopedic surgeon. I see the surgeon who sends me for an MRI and diagnoses me with Severe Disc Extrusion. He referred me to a Sports Medicine specialist who stated I missed the window for non invasive treatment and would need surgery and has scheduled me for a microdiscectomy. I am an anxious person as it is and am so afraid that I am jumping into this surgery. However, I know I have to have the surgery - I couldn't even run after my three year old. That's no life for her or me. I am just so afraid that something will go wrong or I'm jumping the gun. I have so many friends telling me I'm foolish for even considering back surgery. I'm one of these people that put everyone ahead of myself, so I'm already worrying about my daughter and husband during my recovery period. Can anyone share with me their experiences, results, quality of life now?