Hi all, I am new to this forum and, like many others have said, I wish I would have found this forum before.
Anyway, yesterday I found out from my Orthopedic Surgeon that I need to have a microdisectomy. He showed me the MRI and it was clear that I have a severe herniation in my L5, which explains why I have had pretty much non-stop pain in my left leg for the past couple of months. He said we could try an Epidural but from what he was seeing he was concerned that an Epidural would not do much and that i could end up with drop foot based on the herniation.
I don't really feel I need a second opinion becuase I first saw this Doc a couple of years ago when I first had what was a smaller herniation and he recommended PT and an Epidural. The pain went away and I had very little issues until a couple of months ago when the pain returned again. And this time he was actually planning on giving an Epidural a try again until he got the MRI so he was not trying to push surgery.
I gave the go ahead for the surgery but in the interim I have had another Doctor recommended to me and when I checked him out he is pretty highly rated. Also, this guy happens to be a Neuro surgeon so I am wondering if I should consider changing docs at this point for the surgery. Honestly, I am comfortable with my Doc and I do trust his opinion plus spine surgery is all he really does so it seems like this might not be necessary but at the same time this is back surgery.
Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!