Hi everyone. This forum is the best i have come across for spine problem discussions.
I am 32 years old and have been dealing with back pain for over 15 years. But the real problems started 3 years ago with sciatic pain.
What a frustrating few years, chiro, massage, epidural injections and I am worse off now than when it started.
Just had MRI showing a big herniation at L5 S1, severe narrowing, and 2 compressed nerves.
I am lucky to get a few hours of sitting on the couch without pain. Working & sleeping are everyday struggles.
So now I am on my way to a microdiscectomy, hopefully within a month.
I am not super nervous about the surgery, but the other aspects. Recovery time, reinjury, and quitting smoking all are pressing on my mind.
But this seems a great forum for support. If anyone has advise it is more than welcome, I have a more detailed post in the surgery forum as well.
L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!