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Should I do surgery, will it help?

I have a disc herniation at T-12 and L-5. I am asking anyone, who might know, if surgery on T-12 would help my suffering, as I call it, at all.
My neurosurgeon 4 months ago wanted to go with non-surgical options because I am only 20 years old. At the time my symptoms had lessened and we assumed that maybe my herniation was retracting on its own. However now, my legs are getting weak, my right leg even weaker, the pain is bearable, but I can't walk more than a mile. I spend most of the day laying down because of the pain that shoots down into my legs, and remains in my back. I was told to not lift anything over 10 pounds, stop working out, don't work, don't run, don't twist to much, try not to bend over, until October 27th, which is when I go back to see my surgeon. My mental suffering is well, just as bad. I am depressed because I can not do anything physical, I can not do a lot of social things because I am too tired. I can't hike. The mental suffering is the worst part. Oh and recently I have been getting a tingling sensation in my groin area. So obviously I am afraid that at some point I will soil myself.

I want to do nonsurgical because I am afraid of surgery. But I feel like I can no longer live like this. Sitting around, waiting, in pain, and mentally suffering.

Did surgery help any of you with your pain, your weakness, your mental suffering?
I feel like surgery may be the easier way out, because my surgeon seems to want to explore other non-surgical options, like a physical therapist.
Might a physical therapist help?


  • I'd call the surgeon's office and ask if they'd sign for physical therapy asap.... laying around for the next two months will cause you nothing but more pain because you'll loose all the muscles you do have. Although you shouldn't be running, twisting, hiking, etc.... you should still be moving regularly, even if all you can do is walk .75 miles, do that at least twice a day, etc. best of luck to you. Waiting is always stressful.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Get more then just 1 opinion from different specialist ! That way it will help you make the best decision, good luck,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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