I'm just posting my experience with surgery. A little about myself. I'm a 30yr old male. I pinched my lower back nerve with a horrendous sneeze in June. Saw my doctor 3 weeks later when the pain got worse. Went to physical therapy for 2 weeks with no improvement. MRI shows a herniated disc 18mm in size. Surgery was basically the only option my doctor told me to prevent any permanent nerve damage. Most of the pain was a throbbing in the tailbone and butt area. Every so often the pain would shoot down my right leg to my ankle and down my left leg to my knee. Tingling and numbness on my two small toes on my right foot. Pain level up to an 8. Pain level of 1 when laying down at times.
August 12 went in for surgery - laminectomy and microdiscectomy L4-L5. Still in the hospital the next day. The pain in my tailbone area has greatly reduced. I still feel shots of pain down my legs at the wrong angle. I am able to walk for about 5 minutes around my room. It could be the strong meds, but the pain has ranged between 1-7.
Thanks for reading. Will update again.
Microdiscectomy and laminectomy L4/5 August 12, 2015