I am new to the forums here, just looking for some advice from others who have dealt with sciatica or lower back pain.
Back in 2012, I herniated my L4/L5 disk weight lifting. It was a painful experience, I went through 6 to 8 months of pain while trying conservative treatment such as epidural injections, physical therapy and pain meds. I elected to have a micro disectomy, and immediately after the surgery my leg pain was gone. A few months later my lower back pain ended.
Since then I have been pain free, and almost as active as I was prior to the surgery.
Over the past 2 months I have had an onset of chronic lower back pain, that has now turned into sciatica. It is not nearly as severe as my prior episode, but it is very concerning.
I had an MRI, and it showed a disc herniation in the L5/S1 disk. On a positive note the L4/L5 disc looked very good with no issues. My neurosurgeon recommended 10 weeks of conservative treatment. Physical therapy, lumbar traction and pain medication as needed.
I have been living in fear all week thinking this is going to turn into the painful experience of my last disc herniation. For those that have dealt with this type of problem, any tips or advice? I really don't want to go down this road again.
If the pain worsen over this 10 weeks, would a second micro discetomy be a terrible thing? By terrible, I am thinking more along the lines of future problems.
Thanks in advance, I look forward to hearing any advice you can give!