I am a 27 yo female in otherwise good health, but have had back pain for 3 years and left leg pain for 5 months (3 months severe). I had a L4/L5 microdiscectomy on November 14. I recovered well for 8 days, with my numbness and pain decreasing. I was feeling good and recovering well. All of a sudden (after getting out of bed) I was unable to walk across the room without intense pain. My surgeon ordered another MRI, and today I learned that I now have a larger herniation in the same space. It has been 10 days since the reherniation, and I am now able to do simple tasks around the home, but I still can't stand for longer than a few minutes at a time (which is where I was before surgery).
I am at a loss for what to do - I am hesitant to go under the knife again. I felt I was incredibly careful post-surgery and fear that I have kicked off a terrible cycle.
The surgeon is game to try some alternative methods again, like oral and injected steroids (we have already done one turn of oral steroids), but thinks I am going to end up needing more surgery.
Should I seek a second opinion, and how long should I wait to see if things improve? I am concerned about long-term damage to my nerves and I am going stir crazy. I have basically been house-bound for months and as a newly-wed, would like to have a more active life with my husband.