6 months ago I found out that I have a herniated disc L4/L5 and a disc protrusion. 2 months ago i had a terrible crisis, never felt so much pain in my entire life, had to rest in bed for almost 3 weeks. For the first time, I had sciatica pain with numbness and deficit.
The MRI revealed that the L4/L5 disc escalated to a huge herniated disc.
Here is the image of the MRI: http://imgur.com/IdWYcrw
Right now, my toe is a bit weak, and sometimes I feel a pain in my leg. I am not in pain anymore, but I don't feel safe to do anything.
I've seen 3 great surgeons. All of them said that the MRI suggests a surgery case. 2 of them would do an arthrodesis and one would do a microdiscectomy. 2 of them want to do it now, and one suggested me to wait, because I am not in pain, and the deficit is ONLY in my left toe.
I don't know what to do. So many decisions to make. Should I wait? If I do wait, could I have permanent damages? Should I go for the microdiscectomy or the arthrodesis? I am so young, and I don't want to make a decision that could impact the rest of my life negatively.
I am not looking for a solution here. I just want to know the opinion of fellows who have been to a similar situation.