I've had lower back pain for years, but its on and off. If "on" I'm crippled, cant walk, stiff, massive pain, you all know how it is.
In 2006 it was shown I had a herniated disc, got on with it. This year I've had about 4 real times where my back has "gone", in the last 2 this year, I had real bad sciatica in my right leg.
I had another MRI, and its shown a significant protrusion in L4/L5, the surgeon suggested a microdiscectomy.
Now at the moment my back and leg is fine. No pain really, just stiffness (which I need to get back to stretching again). So even though at the moment I dont have any leg pain or back pain, should I still go for the op as suggested?
The procedure is via work private health scheme, I have a supportive family, I think I will be out looking at web, about 4-8 weeks. I would have physic via work (they have a dept)
At the moment my head is, dont have the op, but as soon as my back goes, and I cant get off the floor, struggle to do anything, I would have the op in a heartbeat. Thats my dilemma.
Also the surgeon said that it would fix my leg pain, and not so much the back pain, I would have to strengthen the back muscles. This is a little worrying for me. As I say its been my back thats been the problem for years, much less so the leg pain, so will the op also fix the back pain, surely if the disc is sticking out then it muct be affecting my back as well?