For 2 and half years now, I have had constant, chronic sciatica radiating down both legs. Long story short, I slipped my L5S1 disc training when I was 19, and tried to hold off surgery for as long as possible. In November last year (22 years old) I finally had a microdiscectomy.
Initially the pain decreased, but it soon came back with the addition of lower back pain. Recent MRIs show the L5S1 disc is slipped as it was before surgery. The surgeon said when he left the area and closed me up, he had removed the initial slippage and left the nerve free of intrusion. From this I infer that it has re-slipped since surgery.
I am due for a nerve root block in a week's time, and if that doesn't work I'm pretty sure I'll be down for another microdiscectomy. The thought of a fusion at 22 years of age frightens me, but equally the continuous sciatic pain and the misery/lack of any meaningful existence this has caused has essentially tied me to a depression.
I'm really just venting rather than asking for specific answers to specific questions; I feel for you guys who have similar symptoms. It's difficult at times to see any light, when everything (all sports, dating, social life, even drinking casually stood at a bar, holidays, days out etc) has been placed off bounds due to unbearable, constant discomfort and pain.
In my post prolonged painful spells, I dream of a simple fusion; out with the old disc, fuse the vertabrae and be back to normal! But my research informs me that 1) it's not as simple/easy as that and 2) a fusion itself comes with a load of possible negative side effects which at 22 years old, don't bear thinking about.
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