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Should I have microdiscectomy? Getting married soon...

KatnoirKKatnoir Posts: 11
edited 06/27/2014 - 7:46 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Seeking some advice from anyone who has contemplated the microdiscectomy.

I'm a young, healthy adult, and I honestly cannot believe that my L5/S1 herniated disc is still not healed after 6 months. I am getting married in another 10 months and feel the clock ticking. My symptoms are tolerable if I restrict my movements (with the exception of lying down, which always triggers sciatica), but quite frankly, I do not enjoy restricting my movements... (or, you know, my romantic life with my dear fiance).

In those moments, I am ready to scream "cut me open and fix me now!!"

But when I'm sitting at my desk at work and experiencing no pain whatsoever, I wonder if I am jumping into this a little quickly.

However, I am starting to doubt that I'll be recovered on my own in 10 months.

Any thoughts? Is the microdiscectomy not the easy fix that my orthopedist makes it out to be?

I've tried many non-surgical alternatives (ESI's really did help, but not completely. PT sort of helped, but I think it then got worse)

Many thanks in advance!!!


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