I am 47 and have fought back pain fr 9 years. It started with nerve pain from 3 mild to moderate "normal" herniations.
Last March the pain got terrible and I lost function in my right foot and leg. My MRI shows a right foraminal herniation that "could cause a dropped foot) I have great difficulty making the leg work along with my dropped foot.
This is Canada:
-referred to one orthopedic surgeon and the wait for a consult is roughly 2 years.
-referred to another who says the surgery is too complex with only a 50/50 chance of improvement and I may heal some in the next 2 years.
I am seeing a neurosurgeon on Wednesday. I am a mess. Family is urging me to avoid surgery and stick with using a walker and an extensive brace. I think I am too young to settle for this but am scared silly.
My request is for advice on what to ask/expect in my appointment. I know you cannot give medical advice, I just need to set my mind at rest a bit. I am scared he will say no and I am scared when going ahead of negative consequences.
Please PM me if that is helpful.
Thanks so very much,