Thanks for all your amazing advice and information on this forum. I have been lurking for some time.
I was hoping to get some thoughts from the community.
I'm a 33yo male 6'4 240 pounds working as a software engineer with 2 kids under 5. I have had herniated discs for a few years which was managable, but about 3 months ago i somehow got a L5/S1 herniation that fragmented. http://tinyurl.com/m8su2gc
The MRI says "Large right posterior disc protrusion/extrusion with inferiorly extending extruded fragment at L5-S1"
I have had 2 epidurals, and still have weakness and numbness in my right foot small toe and have really limited quality of life. I can't sit for more than 20 mins, i can't walk for more than 10 mins, i spend most of my life working from home lying in bed or on the floor.
The doctor is now recommending surgery as he is concerned that the fragmentation if not fixed may cause long term nerve damage.
Does anyone have any similar stories? Did you skip surgery and did the fragment get reabsorbed? Is permanent weakness really a risk? Did you take surgery and was it worth it?
I realise this is not medical advice on this forum, but shared personal experience would be really valuable.
Thanks for listening and any feedback you can share! Appreciate your time.