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