I've tried to find out as much about a surgery I'll be getting Mar 24th, which is a L5-S1 discectomy. At the moment I am pretty much pain free, but since May of 2013 I've had 9 ESI. Each time they help with the radiculopothy but only for a few months at a time. When the medication wears off I either can't walk or stand or sit up straight, it becomes excruciating. I'm just wondering how many of you would go through with the surgery? My surgeon said I have a narrow spinal canal by birth, and that eventually I'll need the fusion for that disc. My current pain level is a 1 to 3 depending on my activity, but I do have numbness that's kind of painful from the back of my right thigh through my calf, and into my heel and the side of my foot. It's so weird because most people wouldn't associate pain with numbness.
I've read quite a bit on here about my condition, but I figured I would ask people for their opinions. I know the steroid may last forever, but I have my doubts. Especially since the previous ones haven't lasted for a long period. I'm a 38 year old male, so I guess the getting older effect is coming into play now.