Hi everyone, so a little background. I have a herniation at L4-L5 as well as spondylosis and minor case of spina bifida. i have had pain since july 2010 after i went to an adventure park (wake boarding, zip lining etc.) i didn't have any pain that day but the next morning, i could barely walk. since then the pain has gotten progressively worse. originally i didn't have pain in my leg, it was only in my back. now (as of the past couple of months my leg pain has increased. i have been through 2 bouts of PT, 5 cortisone injection treatments (i say that because a couple of times there were 2-3 injections done), acupuncture, chiropractic care and now i am going to a holistic PT place (they do healing and such...i am desperate!). my doctor has suggested surgery and i went for a second and third opinion and they both suggested surgery as well.
they want to perform a discectomy to remove the herniated section. i am just so nervous! i have never had any type of surgery or even a broken bone or stiches!
i am hoping that it will relive this ridiculous pain because i just can't take it anymore. i feel like i don't have a life and i can't do anything that i love, even work.
I was just looking for anyone that could give me some advice, guidance, support etc.
thank you so much,
june 2012-microD, l4/l5
april 2013-fusion, l4/l5