So this is my first post. Had sciatic pain for a few weeks so went to chiro. Had three adjustments : one Thursday then Friday then next Monday. Felt better and pain was gone for the next ten days. Then in the mid of the night I shifted to the right a couple inches and Bam!! Lightening down my leg and took my breath away. I assume this was the herniation. In state of worry and wanting to fix it I went right back to the chiro who said he could help. He did an adjustment and said to stay off my feet for a couple days and Ice. Not sure if I had the numbness and weakness before or after that adjustment. I went back to work two days later still with sciatic pain And weakness. Gave it two weeks and went to back surgeon. Did a nerve root injection which did nothing. Had an MRI which showed herniation at l4 l5. Tried pain meds anti inflammatories and steroid pack which did nothing. Went to another spine doc who said I was candidate for surgery. Got a micro lumbar discotemy on may 19. Recovery going well. Been doing physical therapy twice a week, starting the third week postop. I don't know if it was necessary to get surgery but I chose it based on the MRI, not wanting to risk further nerve damage, tired of being limited by my condition and wanting a solution. I know many others go a whole lot longer than my eight weeks and then decide surgery. My reasoning was that the surgeon was highly recommended at a highly recommended facility and I trusted he knew what he was doing and had my best interest in mind (as well as another surgery and payday to go with it).
I still have sciatic pain with certain motions and understand the often used "it might take a while" for it to go away. I am frustrated that the surgery did not resolve that issue and dabble with thoughts that it didn't work and I made the "wrong" decision or rushed it or should have tried some other things first. For me the biggest challenge is staying focused on a speedy recovery and tryin not to dwell on what I should could or would have done differently to avoid this whole experience in the first place. I find talking to people that have dealt with this makes it a smoother and easier process. I would be happy to hear others opinions and how they have dealt with the limiting nature of back injuries. Ok that's it for now.