Hi All. Im a 61 YO male. I have been diagnosed (MRI) with a large herniation/significant impingement on l3-l4disc. When it happened I actually lost all feeling/use of my left leg and collapsed. This was on 11/12/13. I went into ER, was told by spine surgeon herniation was too large to heal itself, they wanted to operate next day. I initially said yes and was admitted. After more thought I chose to cancel surgery. They advised against it but put me on steroid taper and sent me home. I was using a walker as left leg was very weak and would buckle/collapse at times. Over the next two weeks leg slowly regained some strength but still weak. Dr still said surgery was best option, to avoid nerve damage and to stop muscle atrophy in thigh. I have to this date been avoiding it. Leg is considerably stronger, but still much weaker than my good right leg, I still fall sometimes if left leg gets too much load on it as it collapses. I really don't want surgery but seemed to have reached a plateau. I have a non desk, very physical job(HVAC tech) and need full use of my legs to work. Just don't know if I should continue with conservative treatment or throw in towel and have the surgery(microdisc)...Ive heard so many back surgery horror stories!
Thank you for looking.