I get very bad back pain and sciatica when I have a flare up due to activity. It lasts anywhere from a few weeks to even a month or two. Eventually if I wait long enough it leaves. When its there I miss work, I'm depressed, I have to take painkillers, my whole life falls apart. This cycles has been going on for about 8 years. I have a herniation with visible annular tear at L5S1, the surgeon says its not that big of a herniation.
Should I have an endoscopic discectomy? . I always consider having surgery, even going in to see the surgeon but by the time it comes time to have surgery like a month later the pain has reduced or left. Its easy to want the surgery when I'm in bed missing work and easy to not want it when I'm feeling better.
What do you think? v