I am new to the forum and had a couple of questions regarding surgery. I recently turned 20, but have been dealing with a couple of herniated discs. at L2-3,L3-4 and l4-5, as well as a central disc protrusion at L5-s1 for six months now. The spine specialist, which has been recommended by many people has told me that I could receive surgery, and he would be performing a an right L3-4 foraminotomy and discectomy, because that is where he believes the problem is coming from. I currently have some pain in my hip flexors, right leg as well as my back. I also experience numbness in my right leg going from my knee to my foot from time to time. I have gone through physical therapy, 3 epidural injections, yoga, traction and a variety types of medicines in order to get rid of the problem. While my pain has decreased substantially, I still cannot walk properly and go through episodes of extreme pain.
I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions of what I should do. I really want to get the surgery because I want to get rid of the problem already. I know that there is a chance that the disc my re-herniate or that the other discs may cause me problems down the road, but I just don't know what to do anymore. Everyone keeps on asking me if I think I'm ready for surgery. I just don't see a big deal with getting surgery, I don't know if it is me being impatient, or no longer believing in non-surgical procedures, but I just want the pain to stop and my mobility to come back. I have heard of using inversion tables and other non-surgical methods. I would really appreciate some form of insight into these things. Have any of you guys had surgery? Had success with any other things, please any help would be appreciated.