I am 39, and exercise regularly. I have degenerative disc disease and arthritis in most of my spine. I had a cervical fusion two years ago to to stenosis and loss of use of my arm. 3 weeks ago while doing leg press I felt a pop and couldn't get up to walk. I was taken out in an ambulance, turns out I have 1 bulging disc and two ruptured L3 and below. When I blew the last disc a fragment got stuck on the origin of my sciatic nerve. I had an epidural, steroids, Celebrex, tried muscle relaxers, Norco, and I keep getting worse. I can barely walk, and I drag my leg behind me. Now I can't pull up my foot or my toes. I had an extremely successful neck surgery, but it still scares me to do this again. They think they can just take the fragment out without any fusions which is ideal. Anyone know his long the recovery is or success rates? I live in Chicago and go to an amazing practice, but it's always better to hear from "real people". I'm a principal with 2 kids who has been out of work for weeks and I'm kind of lost with what to do and would appreciate your thoughts. Everyone else in the world just Keps telling me to "get some rest".