Hi. I've been dealing with sciatic pain for 20 years.
Yes, 20 years but some days are better than others but that is the reason I haven't had the surgery until now
How much pain should a human have to tolerate before saying enough is enough?
Look, I'm still able to bend, twist, work, lift and do whatever I want, within reason, but I feel the pain during and for sometime after. It's annoying and I get grumpy. I hate being in constant pain, even at the moment. I was to have a microdiscectomy last year this time but cancelled the night before because at the time the pain wasn't as bad as it has been in the past and all the horror stories I've read on the net also persuaded my decision. I'm booked in to see a neurosurgeon on the 22nd of May to decide whether ill have the op and the surgeon is the same one I saw last time round also. Tomorrow, 23 rd April I get an MRI done so the NS had updated info. He'll also have the MRI from a year and a half ago to compare with. I'm still in two minds about going through with the procedure nd need help making the right decision. Everyone around me including wife and family say i should do it because it's not any better and probably won't. I'm just concerned that being able to still function and do things now pre op might change for the worse post op. I also have three young children under the age of four to care for. I don't want to be in any more discomfort or pain anymore. I'm sick of it. The pain is tolerable at the moment but about two weeks ago I had been in moderate to high pain for 6 months. All the meds I was on for pain made me sick so I stopped taking them. Now I'm on no meds but have some constant pain. If I work it hurts. If I work hard it hurts more. Do I do the op or live like this? I just don't want to end up worse off or it will haunt me for the rest of my life. Please help.