Hello! My first post here-I will try to keep as short and sweet as possible so as not to bore you!
I herniated L5/S1 disc when I was 13 playing rugby. I had 6 weeks of traction and my pain completely disappeared.
It came back with a bang last November, a full 11 years after my original case. I had some physio again and it subsided but has come back a couple more times – each time leaving me near enough unable to walk and sit/stand in one spot for more than a minute or so.
I went through the procedure I presume a lot of you are accustomed to – MRI, appointments etc. and I am now booked in for ‘minimally invasive aware state spine surgery’ to trim away the parts of the disc that are causing the problem.
My worries / questions are as follows:
1). Has anybody any experience of aware state surgery as I am quite a squeamish person and very very nervous about the actual procedure itself? I have been re-assured by the surgeon that I won’t feel much, but the point of the operation is that I feel the nerve and can let him know when he’s ‘got it’.’ I just wondered if anyone could share any experience of this as I have searched this site and cannot find anything?
2). I am currently able to walk well (probably not run) and am worried that I am putting myself through something unnecessarily. When it ‘goes’ and it is bad it is very bad – unliveable. But could I just have had a bad couple of months and it has now disappeared again for another 11 years like the first time!? I feel a bit strange going for an operation when I am not currently in any pain at all really. My employer is of the view ‘go and get it fixed so you are fit and ready to come back to work’ as they are understandably frustrated I am not at work, but is this view too simplistic? Is it a case of getting it fixed even if not currently hurting is the best thing to do?
3). Finally, some comments on people’s recovery would be interesting. I am 24 and still would like to go travelling properly one day, would like to get better at skiing (been twice) and have a big ambition to get myself fitter than I am now and one day climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Are these expectations (obviously not right away after surgery) realistic?
Obviously a lot of people are on here because they are struggling / had negative experiences but any help / advice people can give me in relation to the above will be much appreciated.