I wanted to post something here for everyone to read but especially for anyone who is suffering and has not had surgery yet.
I have been suffering with a herniated disc L4-L5, which has been pressing on the nerve whenever I stand upright. I first started having this problem in Jan 07, with the pain going down my right buttock. After unsuccesful chiropractor treatments as well as acupuncture & PT, I decided to go see a surgeon. I was so worried that back surgery would be a horrible thing to have, & kept wondering if I wasnt making a mistake in having it. You know how it goes, when you start telling family & friends/coworkers that you are thinking about back surgery, everyone tells you to be careful with having it done, because they know someone who had a bad experience, or how risky it is, or that you should put it off longer & try something else. They mean well, but sometimes you get to the point where your just done with dealing with the pain, & you want to go for it.
Well, I went for it. On July 1st I had a microdiscectomy, & I have to say I feel a huge releif already. I still have a ways to go in my recovery, but I can say that I see a huge diffrence already. I'm able to stand up without that horrible pain going down my buttock/right leg. It feels great to know that the surgery was the right decision, and helped me regain my life back. I still have a PT program to start in 5 more weeks, & due to my type of work I wont be going back until the end of september, but just to know that I will be able to get back to work & my life again is such a tremendous releif.
If you are in a similar situation as I was, just know that there is hope, you can feel better & get your life back, the surgery can be a blessing, and not the dark cloud that sometimes overtakes you as you think about if it's the right thing to do or not.
I took great comfort in coming here & reading what others had to say, so I wanted to post something positive also. I hope reading this helps to comfort anyone who is having doubts or is very worried about surgery.
Take care & GOD bless. Joe