I've had an MRI which shows a herniated or bulging disc at L3-L4. I've had 3 sets of injections in an attempt to reduce the inflammation and prevent surgery. However, this didn't work and I'm considering the surgery. But . . I read where the success rate is reduced if the pain or problems exists for over six months and that it's best to have the surgery within 3 - 6 months. Is there anyone else out there who've had their problem for over 6 months and then had the surgery? I'd like to know if it was successful or not. I have stenosis of the spine along with neuropathy of the cervical spine at C5-C6 so I already have issues with pain, spasms, etc.. So, the addition of my sciatica is just too much to handle and it has made my life seem not worthwhile since I'm often stuck laying back in my recliner to get relief. I am just 58 but feel 78 right now! Also, I've had the cervical issues for nearly 8 yrs. now and know that it won't get any better. Secondly, my injury to the cervical region is due to a surgery that went bad. Initially the surgery was a posterior fusion due to pulled ligaments which allowed my neck to slip forward which could cause damage to my spinal cord. During that operation, somehow without notice, the disc slipped out and back against my spinal cord. I came out of the operation paralyzed at the legs and partially paralyzed in the arms. Gradually as the day wore on the paralysis got worse until my diaphram began loosing strength. Thank God they realized what occurred about 15 hrs. after the operation and rushed me back in for a second where they went in the front, removed the disc and fused the front of the same vertebra. With this in mind, you can see why I'm really nervous about having my lower back worked on but also how I feel I need it too. I just hope that after all this time (over a year) that surgery to remove the buging/ruptured disc will work. I have arthritus/bone spurs growing into the disc which caused this problem, so that will be removed as well. Anyone out there with the same experience? I'd really appreciate feedback.
William R. Heston