I've been trying to do my research, but I keep coming up with so many opinions and so much information. I have a degenerative disc (l4-l5) and a herniated disc with large extrusion (l5-s1). My leg has been numb for about 3 months and I've been in pain for almost 8 months. The only thing that has helped somewhat is gabapentin. Anyway, I'm scheduled for surgery next week and I'm so nervous that I'm making the wrong decision. I'm 28 with an almost 1 year old. We want at least 1 if not 2 more children and hopefully sooner than later. I need to feel better in order to care for my son properly, but I'm so afraid that I will feel the same or worse after surgery and have ongoing back problems forever. I know every situation is different and that's what makes this decision so hard. I've read success stories and stories from people who regret doing it. I'm so confused. Anyone have any encouraging words to help get me through this? I have friends telling me what a bad idea surgery is, but I don't know of any other option. I was told at this point injections are only a temporary fix so I opted for what could hopefully get rid of the pain enough to be somewhat active again (gym, 5k's, chasing and holding my son without pain).