I hurt my back surfing early October 2013. I did not take the pain lightly and kept doing heavy workouts like running, stair sprints, and surfing. I did not have significant sciatica pain until this January 2014. I had bad sciatica for a month, couldnt lay flat on my back in bed, i would wake up and get spasms in my back and hip. February 2014 the spasms and sciatica pain are non existent. No leg pain now.
I have no pain in my leg so the neurosurgeon says we dont need to operate. Then he looks at my MRI. MRI shows i have a large central extrusion/herniation at L4/L5 directly affecting my Spinal Cord. He says im at risk for cauda equina syndrome. It is strange because my pain is only at a 3 to 5 on the 1-10 scale. The doc asked me to get another neurosurgeons opinion.
I dont want surgery. Surgeon #1 says Id need a fusion. Id really like to conservatively treat the herniation since I dont have too much pain. But since im at risk for Cauda Equina I could go and get the invasive surgery... Need to see another neurosurgeon for consult #2.