I have had an issue with my spine for about 5 years now - herniated L5 and grade 1 spondy (L5 over S1) due to pars defect. For the most part physical therapy has kept me away from surgury, but I have started a new job that is a little more physically demanding than the last (active military) and my symptoms have increased with much more frequency.
I consider myself very lucky that I don't have a lot of specific back pain, but what I do have is nerve pain with tingling and numbness down my entire right leg. My latest MRI indiciates that the slippage is stable, but there is severe stenosis of the L5 nerve root. I am 42 and the Doc believes this will progressively get worse over time as what is left of the L5 disc will only continue degenerate - so they believe surgury is in my future.
My question is should I continue tolerate this until it is no longer tolerable and avoid the fusion until I am really really bad or just go ahead and get this fixed now while still young.
I greatly appreciate all opinions and experiences as well as what finally pushed those that have had surgury into having it and what has kept those that have not had it away.
Thank you in advance. All the best, Mike