I woke up one day, after sleeping in my lazyboy, 2 1/2 months ago, to severe lower back pain (off center, left side.) Over the course of the next day the pain went down the back of my leg to my heel. The pain was excruciating and relentless; 24/7. For sure a 10 on the pain scale. I could find no position of comfort or pain relief. It took about 5 days for me to be able to stand or walk, the pain was still unbearable. I rotated between laying on my couch, floor, and draping myself over a large exercise ball. My leg and foot were numb to the touch and my foot was very weak. The pain felt like someone was stabbing me in the back of my thigh and trying to cut my leg off!
On about day 10 I was finally able to tolerate walking and standing. The pain was still there, running from back to heel (mostly in my leg) but I could tolerate it. Then I just improved day by day until I was almost pain-fee; maybe a 1 or 2 on the scale. I should mention that I live a pretty sedentary lifestyle (which I greatly regret at this point.) I laid on my couch every time I felt I was over-doing it (alot.) I resumed working. My luck lasted about 4 weeks and then one day (after laying in my lazy boy for a bit) my back tightened up over the course of the day and I was right back to being bedridden and in excruciating pain 24/7, from my lower back to my heel. My leg was killing me!! That lasted about 5 days and then I just started to get better again, day by day.
I got a MRI. I have a herniated disk at L5S1. The disc herniated and slipped downward. It is pressing on my nerve root. My neurosurgeon wants to do a Microdiscectomy. I didn't schedule the surgery yet because I am mostly pain-free again and have been for about two weeks. It's confusing and I'm not sure what decision to make. I'm so scared to go back to that unbearable pain again...pain I cannot function through. I've read a lot of boards that people mention the sciatic pain after surgery still being there for a while. It seems silly to go into surgery, if I'm not in pain right now. Then, on the other hand, if it is inevitable that I will end up in pain again, I'd like to have it done with and on the road to recovery. I just don't want to regret it and wind up worse then I am right now. I'm also wondering if I wait, am I risking doing nerve damage?
Has anyone experienced this; where the pain comes and goes?
Because I'm home all day, I have the ability to lay on my couch whenever I feel worried about my back...which I do alot through out the day. I don't do any walking. Actually I don't do much because I'm too afraid to go back to that pain.
I have two young girls, I homeschool them and I do daycare in my home. My biggest wish is to have another chance to get myself strong and healthy and be active with my children. I don't want to live on my couch anymore.
I'd appreciate in input, especially if you've had the same experience of being ok for a while then being in pain, then being ok again.