My mom herniated a disc while moving some furniture a month ago. She has seen a chiropractor who wants to do decompression using a table hooked up to computers, an orthopedic spine surgeon who wants to do surgery on the impacted disc and in one other trouble spot, and a neuro-spine surgeon who wants to do surgery to just the area affected.
Apparently what she has is very rare: L2-L3 herniation with pinched nerve impacting the left quad. She cannot put any weight on the quad or else she falls. There is little to no pain at this point - whether a result from the epidural she had or just nature taking its course.
The biggest problem at the moment is depression. All doctors, and the physical therapist she has seen twice, are very hopeful and have said that her recovery is "very favorable" if she has the surgery. She is just hearing "no promises" and believes she will never walk again.
Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm afraid that my dad and I aren't the best about dealing with the depression. She's worried; I understand that. But I don't understand having no hope and considering not "bothering" with the surgery.