Hi Everyone! Just a quick question.
I'm scheduled for surgery here in Bangkok on Oct 14th. The doctor wants to do a spinal fusion L5. Apparently he's a very well known Thai surgeon and is adamant that my herniated disc cannot be treated by a microdiskectomy, which I think I would have rather gone for.
Anyway, from what I've read, the part of the disk or, rather, what is extruding from the disc and pressing on the sciatic nerve, will dissolve in time and the pain from the pinched nerve should subside as this pocess continues. I've suffered for two years so far and can't participate in any racket sports, let alone sail my laser dingy.
My question is: Will just waiting, along with stretching exercises, really see me alright in due course? And, just how long am I likely to have to wait? Also, Is there anything one can do to speed up the 'dissolving process' in any way?
Another quick question while I'm here. Could the herniated disk cause this annoying itching on my legs below the knees?
Over to you guys! Age 56 yrs.