Long time lurker here, but this is my first post. I am considering discectomy on at least one disc, but I need a sanity check here from this experienced community --
I am 40yo, athletic and active. I'll spare the details except to say that I have several disc herniations in lumbar spine as well as some herniations in cervical spine. I also have a torn labrum in at least one hip. For a variety of reasons, I strongly suspect that my biggest problem is a large herniation in L5-S1.
I won't attempt to itemize them here, but I have tried just about every imaginable non-surgery treatment possible over the last 5 years to attack pain and compensation injuries in about a dozen body parts from feet to neck.
Here's the rub...
Through an insane exercise and strengthening program, I have gotten to the point that I now live my life 95% pain-free. I can run, lift weights, and do just about anything (except sit for long periods) without any real pain. HOWEVER, there is one thing I simply cannot do without severe pain that causes me to run for the Vicodin every time---play tennis. So, just don't play tennis, right? Problem is that tennis is sort of my life's passion outside of my family. So the question.....
Is it absolutely insane that I am considering discectomy surgery for the sole purpose of potentially being able to play recreational tennis without pain? And, if not insane, would it change your opinion if I added the fact that, given the variety of disc and other issues I have, there is a pretty decent chance that the surgery will not fix the problem (either because we attack the wrong disc or the wrong body part altogether).
Thanks for your thoughts.