So first off I just want to give a big thank you to everybody who posts on here. It has been very helpful in a lot of ways to read through these forums.
I am 24 years old and had my first microdiscectomy (MD) in July of 2008 when I was 18 and my second was in early December of 2013.
My first MD was for a disc herniation on the right side at L5-S1 causing sciatica down my right leg.. During the surgery there was a dural tear that lead to CSF leakage for about 5 days post op. I remained in the hospital for 7 days after the surgery and was instructed to take it easy for the next 6 weeks. Within a 5 months my life became pretty normal and remained so for the next 5 years aside from a few flare ups of minor back pain that might last a week to a month.
My second surgery was a second herniation at L5-S1 but this time it was herniated on the left side causing sciatica down my left leg. I had the surgery in early December and have noticed some substantial improvements but they are slow and tedious and for every few good days there are a few bad days. I have been doing serious PT for two months now but still get some pain down my leg and lower back tightness.
My surgeon says I will be fine and get back to 100%, but I feel like he has to say that. He needs to portray a positive outlook. Which is nice sometimes but sometimes I just need somebody to give it to me straight. So my question is this: Does anybody in a similar situation have any advice as to what I can expect in terms of pain? How will disc depletion from two MD's effect my back in the future? Pros & Cons of being this young and having gone through this twice (aside from building character)? Chances of needing a third surgery down the road?
Any articles, peer reviewed journals, or books would help too...