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jflojjflo Posts: 1
Hello all! I am 29 years old and have been having sciatica issues from herniating my disc at L5-S1 area. I orignally hurt my disc about 3 years ago. I had sciatica for about 1 year after i originally hurt it. Physical therapy helped some but took a long time to help. i also took Mobic which helped tremendously. I herniated my disc again this january and messed it up alittle more this time,. I had 2 steroid spinal injections and the first injection helped a ton. The second, not so much. I still have sciatica when sitting and sometimes when I stand up. Numbness occassionally. My doc suggested a discectomy. I am super nervous about this and not sure if this is the route I should go. Any advice would help. I have read some great things about this and some not so great things. Thanks in advance!

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    It would be best for you to share all your concerns with your doctor.
    He knows you best and would be best for guiding you and or reassuring you.

    I wish you best of luck
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  • I had a micro discectomy just a month ago. It was absolutely necessary because I was losing motor function in my right leg due to l5-s1,herniation that started compressing my motor nerve. I am very glad that I had it done.

    The recovery has not been a walk in the park, though. You cannot lift more than 5-10 ponds, bend or twist for 8 weeks. Plus, you have incision pain the first couple weeks and cannot drive. Then, there is the stiffness and constant risk of re herniation. Oh, and pressure in my sacral area and major fatigue by the end of the day. But has it been worth it? For me, absolutely yes! For my situation, the nerve damage could have become permanent and thankfully, so far, so good. I just want my life to get back to normal.

    If you have people to support you and help you recover (cleaning, laundry, groceries, pets, kids, etc) and you can take time off work to heal properly, it might be a good time to do it. Also, you might want to ask for your doctor's opinion on the likelihood that your disc might go back into place on its own. I was told that even with PT, it would have been extremely unlikely. That might help you decide on whether you want to continue on the current path you are on or try surgery. As others have said on here, once you have surgery, you are, in essence, "damaged goods"--your back will never be the same, and you will always need to be more careful. But by the same token, if your back is interfering with your quality of life and you feel like you are on a hamster wheel unable to get better, surgery could be a good option for you. It is always a very good idea to get a second or third medical opinion! This forum is a great resource, too. Good luck!
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