Hi! I have a L4/L5 herniated disc with a medium sized protrusion. A neurosurgeon has recommended microdiscectomy to correct it. A physical therapist seems to think that I don't need the surgery. I still continue to need either small doses of Advil or Celebrex and muscle relaxers to deal with pain. It's not unbearable pain, but I don't want to have to take meds every day for the rest of my life.
I am SUPER conflicted about whether I should get the surgery or not.
If I wasn't into scuba diving, I probably wouldn't get the surgery. However, I am into scuba diving, and this is the sole reason I am considering the surgery. The one thing I am afraid of if I don't get the surgery (or even if I do) is making it worse by scuba diving, or acute herniation. Are there any people out there that are scuba diving WITH a herniated disc? Any people that are scuba diving AFTER a microdiscectomy? As a scuba diver, would you recommend the surgery or not?
Thanks very much for anyone that can provide some insight.