I am a new member on this site and am so glad I discovered it. What a great resource for people with back pain. I have been diagosed with a large, broad-based paracentral herniation of the L5/S1 disc. I've been in pain since early May and have tried NSAIDs, PT, Medrol dose pack, stretching exercises every day and 2 epidural steroid injections. As I know everyone understands, it is extremly frustrating to go from being a very active person (I have been teaching Cycling and body toning classes for 8 years, and have run in numerous 5 and 10K races) to suddenly having to stop all physical activity. I've also lost countless hours of work time (I'm on partial disability). My employers have been understanding but I'm sure that won't last forever.
I am now scheduled for a microdiscetomy. Believe it or not, I am looking forward to the surgery because I am hopeful that I will get my life back. Can anyone provide input, suggestions and let me know how long before I can retuirn to normal activities? Also, what does ALIF stand for? Thanks.