first post here. I've been reading for months. All the info has been very informative, although I wish there were more positive threads and outcomes. yes, I realize those people are off doing normal human things and not on this site.
I have a consultation with a neurosurgeon next Monday and wanted to formulate questions when we meet. I have had two MRI's that reveal I have a disc bulge at L5S1 and a small bulge at L4L5. Had back pain going on 8 years. I've seen a chiro that used activator years ago that I believe relieved the sciatica. This most recent bout has been going on for year and a half. Done PT and swim quite a bit. I have a prescription for traction. I'm 36, and good shape. 5'10, 165 lbs. I've spent the last 13 years working in a fast pace food/bev gig and surfed the entire time. I have no one particular moment that I can pin down that injured my back except lifestyle of playing a ton and doing constant repetitive bending, leaning, twisting on my feet 40+ hours a week through my job.
I've been on a year long unpaid sabbatical from my employer which couldn't have come at a better time. They do continue my full medical benefits though. I'm 7 months into it.
I am in no way considering surgery at this time because at the moment I feel "slightly OK". Sciatica comes though after walking a lot and doing too much. I also realize this sabbatical has done wonders but feel it's only because I've been off my feet.
Now to the nuts and bolts from all you great people. If you had to do it again, what questions would you ask a surgeon for your initial visit? I've formulated many. Just hoping to get more perspectives.
All the best folks and I hope everyone keeps on keeping on.