Hey everyone! Long time viewer, first time poster here, and I have some questions and concerns I would like to share about my back issue.
I'm a 22 year old male, and a very active person who loves to run and mountain bike ( before this issue), and this is really causing me grief. I first began to have issues with my lower back over 2 years ago, originally going to the Doctor in October 2013. I was told I had normal back pain and that it would subside over time. Then eventually last April I began to experience numbness and tingling in my left leg all the way down through to my toes. I was diagnosed with a Disc Herniation in L4/lL5.
For the last 8 months or so I have been committed to physio therapy(strengthening core/stretching), and have completely stopped running and doing heavy biking since my injury(caused pain). Although I have found temporary relief through stretching and inversion, my issue continues to linger on and off.
I am scheduled for surgery on Friday (3 days from now), and I am very nervous. My leg has been feeling pretty good the last couple days, but was causing me quite a bit discomfort as recent as last week. I find my symptoms are on and off, sometime feeling good, and sometimes causing me a lot of pain. Doing anything physical really brings on the symptoms, even standing for periods of time is tough for me. I'm really fed up with this issue, and I just want my active life back. What are your thoughts on someone my age going ahead with this surgery? I've been waiting for this surgery date for a while now, and I'm scared to give it up just because I've had a couple good days as this has happened before. It's been over a year that I've been suffering from this, and I really just want to do whatever it takes to get me back to a level where I'm capable of being a physically active person again.