So I've been following this forum for a while and have finally decided to post my experience thus far. I've been experiencing leg pain for 3 months now with no signs of relief. I've seen two chiropractors, been on 3 rounds of prednisone, tried countless stretches, excercises, and yoga, all with no help. I had an MRI in December which showed a bulging disc at L5/S1. Since then I've seen a specialist who recommended surgery, however we decided to try a spinal injection first. I had that 4 days ago and if anything my symptoms have gotten worse!
Is this normal? Is there any way to beat this without surgery or should I just break down and do it? The surgeon is recommending a lumbar hemilamenectomy with microdisectomy. Has anyone received this with good results? I'm so tired of dealing with this pain but I don't want to do something that will make it worse. I'm worried my life will never be the same.