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Micro-D Successes? No Reherniation?

Hi everyone! Thank you to everyone who commented on my first post this week and for making me feel welcome :)

I am a 21 year old with a posterior/lateral L5S1 herniation that has not successfully responded to an ESI, prednisone, or PT after nearly three months. I am getting progressively worse with numbness and tingling in my right calf and foot, while the pain fluctuates from low-severe on the daily. I am jobless and out of school, more than ready to get my life back.

I have been referred to get a microdiscectomy and have read so many horror stories of reherniation/second operation/eventual fusion/sequential issues of neighboring discs, that I am really anxious/upset/paralyzed with fear and terrified to move forward. I am seeking out any success stories out there. The surgeon told me the likelihood of reherniation is 15%. I am struggling through days of tears and frustration, ready to move forward but I don't want to regret it down the road. It seems like coughing/sneezing/using the bathroom/sleeping/and so much more can cause it to reherniate and I don't want to go through this anymore. I am twenty one years old and I watch my friends and family enjoy their normal lives and I am sick of this. Any positive feedback would be so truly appreciated :)


  • KatjonmadiKKatjonmadi Posts: 42
    edited 01/04/2014 - 10:56 AM
    I made it 10 years after my first open d/s before reherniating badly enough to require another surgery. Unfortunately only made it a year between micro d/s #2 & 3. I have still managed to avoid a fusion and with each lumbar surgery I woke in recovery pain free (other than incision pain of course). That being said I don't regret any of those surgeries. I was only 24 when I had my first so I understand where you are coming from. The hardest part for me at that young age was realizing even when I'm not hurting I still have a bad back and have to treat it with care for the rest of my life. Good luck!
    March 2002 L4-5 open d/s
    July 2012 L4-5 micro d/s
    November 2013 L4-5 micro d/s
    December 2013 C6-7 ADR
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