Looking for a little advise from someone who has been in a similar situation.
About 5 weeks ago I injured my back at work. An MRI showed a disc herniation at L5 S1 and is a same herniation that occurred at work in 2013, only a reinflamation. In 2013 I recovered in about 3 weeks with just pain meds and physical therapy. I only missed one day of work. This current inflamation has been tougher. For about 1 week I didn't walk and just crawled from room to room. From the reinjury date to present day I have made some progression towards recovery. If I would put a percentage on it I would say that I am 40% recovered. Taking pain meds and light exercise. I can walk with the use of a cane, although longer walks seems to aggrevate the pain going down my leg . Slightly hunched over as I walk. My good days are now out numbering my bad days.
I just saw a neurosurgeon today. His advise to me was to have surgery since I have been down for so long and out of work. I have read where some other people have surgery for a herniation and still have some problems ranging from muscle stiffness to continued pain. The neurosurgeon said that my herniation may improve on its own. This is where I am looking for some insight from someone who has been in a similar situation. I am making slow progression. I'm thinking that I should continue on the same path and bypass surgery for now. From what I have heard from others it may not work anyway. Surgery or no surgery?