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Surgery or Not (Pain Gone)

Hi, Im new here but a friend pointed me towards the pool of knowledge here.

I was told 3 months ago following a failed injection into the L5/S1 that I will be having a microdiscectomy in 2 weeks time. My issue is this:

The pain was severely chronic until 4 weeks ago. Over the last 4 weeks the pain has gone to the extent I DON'T need any medication (literally cold turkey over 3 days following 4yrs of oxycontine and tramadol) and I can jog 2-3 miles without pain!!! This is massive for me, I've never been so happy considering I've had this pain 4 years and been effectively disabled at home with my wife caring for me.

The only thing I've had is a cortisone injection 3 months ago. I did have 2 injections 3 years ago but they had no effect.

I am totally confussed now. I cannot sit still for more than 20-40mins and this gets very uncomfortable before turning to pain. This pain then remains 2-4hrs before subsiding. I've been so scared of re-injury I've kept jogging to once a day. I clearly still need something but should I still have surgery? I've waited over 4 years for this date and feel I really need it.

My Question is: If I have very little pain and have the surgery can they only make things even better, or am I risking the surgeon causing a relapse? If I could sit I feel I could at least work (which I haven't been able to do since I was involved in a motorcycle accident).



  • the same question. My guess is that the surgery will be called off for now. Most doctors do not want to cut on you unless all other measures have failed. But only you can make that call with the help of your doctor.
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • It sounds like you're still in pain though? Experiencing pain for 2-4 hours following 20 minutes of sitting sounds serious, even if the pain isn't as serious as it was before. What about any numbness you had before - has that subsided? I'm going through similar deliberations and my Dr was more concerned with numbness/loss of strength/nerve damage than the level of pain.
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