I have had constant sciatica for over a year. Have done every conservative treatment and was denied surgery. So meanwhile had been granted disability and had one more attempt with a steroid injection and put on time released morphine. I sent my appeal letter and now received an approval letter for surgery, it's an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion.
Now I'm scared about going through with the surgery because at this point I'm at a 5 with pain and it isn't as excruciating. Probably because the injection and medication are working well, but for how long? What do you folks think? Just trying to get some opinions, thank you.