I just joined this morning. I am considering having surgery....a laminectomy. I will go into more detail later as I'm strapped for time right now, but I'm very interested in hearing about your experience with surgery. My reticence is that most of my pain is in my lower back with only medium pain that goes to my butt, thigh, and legs. The surgeon told me that the pain in the back is least likely to be taken care of by the surgery. I have a high tolerance for pain and I sometimes wonder if I'm so used to working through it that my pain is worse than I interpret it cause I hear from others how awful sciatic pain is and though I have it, I don't find it debilitating. But I wonder if its going to be similar to when I got eyeglasses at 10 years old and the first time I put them on I was amazed there were trees on the mountains instead of big brown green blobs that I was used to seeing. In other words, I wonder if I were to have the surgery, I'd be amazed at how awful I actually felt and had just gotten so used to the discomfort that I don't realize how badly I feel. I'm considering surgery because PT, shots and exercise has not worked. If anything, exercise makes it worse! I'm also very curious about something that is rather embarrassing. I have diminished bowel control. My doctors seem to think it's not from my nerves because I have good strength in my legs, but I'm wondering if anyone has ever had a slight diminishment of bowel control before their surgery and if the surgery helped with that. It's not awful....yet, but I don't want to wait around for it to get awful!
I have three herniated disks, the worst being at L5-S1 and bone spurs that are interfering with the side nerve exits. My symptoms match spinal stenosis perfectly so I'm sure I have some narrowing of the spine.
Anyway, got to go for now. Love to hear from you!