I am a newbie here. I have been suffering lower back pain for 4 years by now. After first onset of sciatica, I was able to manage to keep the sciatica at bay for 3 years, although I still suffer back discomfort, mostly the back muscle pain/fatique. However the intense busy work in the last 6 months took its toll on my L5-S1, and the sciatica came back a week ago.
I can tell my condition definitely got worse as now both my legs have the burning feelings or tingling, although not very severe. There are also postures or positions that I had no problem with but now I do. Two nights ago, it was the first night I couldn't find a position to sleep without pain. And the MRI confirms it.
I am currently on day one of the 6-day steroid treatment (I guess it's the oral version of the epidural injection). My worry right now is that this time I won't be able to recover to a level that I can function reasonably like I did in the past 3 years. So the surgery came into my mind.
However, I was discouraged by my primary physician and neurologist. After reading the forum, I feel so depressed. Although before I came to this forum, I already knew that the spine fusion surgery is not like cataract surgery or appendectomy, whose risk/failure is pretty low, I still hold some slim hope that the fusion surgery can somehow fix or improve my condition so I am able to function reasonably well. Is it a false hope/expectation? Is there any good outcome/success story?