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2nd Microdiscectomy: to have or not to have?!

Hi all,

new to the forum. I had a MD at L5/S1 in 2008 (age 24) after a mountain bike accident. Had surgery and made an excellent recovery. Only pain caused when I didn't look after myself, core/weight wise.

In Feb 2014 however I was out for a run and fell - I now have a re-herniation at the same level. I don't really have back pain, it just feels like someone's stabbing me or burning my leg constantly. I have been on gabapenten and neproxin for around two months.

Today I saw a neurosurgeon and he immediately said surgery. He started relaying the risks, at which point I said "you do know I've had surgery before don't you?". He didn't! This left me uneasy and the appointment went downhill from there.

I then went to pre-op assessment where I asked if my previous surgeon still worked at the hospital - I had great confidence in him back in 2008 and he understood the impact it had on my life, particularly as a young active person. He is a spinal surgeon (not neuro) so that is why I hadn't been put back in his care. The nurse in pre-op saw I was upset so I will now be getting a 2nd opinion from my last surgeon...plus hopefully I'll get put back in his care if I push enough.

I'm now 31, can't work (I'm a teacher), I can't train properly, and to be perfectly honest I am terrified of going back a 2nd time. After 6 yrs surely there will be more complications with scar tissue etc.

Any advice or opinions from anybody? Are 2nd MD's successful? Should I have injections? I'm normally a decisive person, but with this, I really don't know what to do.

Thanks :-)
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