I just wanted to post a follow up after my microdiscectomy surgery at L4-5 that was done the day before Thanksgiving last year.
I had developed sudden foot drop and severe lower leg pain, and had been experiencing chronic back pain for years. I had a severe disc herniation compressing the nerve root at L5.
Anyway, I am glad to say I am doing great! The foot drop and leg pain has all but resolved and an unexpected bonus has been the fact that I no longer have any back pain either which I was not expecting after reading a lot about back surgery. I was quite worried about the surgery but can say wholeheartedly right now that I have no regrets.
I continue to walk daily and will always be mindful of the fact that I need to be careful with certain activities, however I am looking forward to moving on with my life.
I wanted to post this because one reads so much about not such good outcomes after surgery and I think it is important to present both sides. Having said that, surgery is a personal decision that should not be taken lightly and the choice has to be made individually for each person in consultation with their Dr.
Wishing everyone well!