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).