Hi all. So, I've finally had my surgery scheduled to fix my disc issue at the L5/S1 level again. This is a re-operative surgery. You can see I have multiple disc issues but this is the most pressing one to fix.
Here's the problem. I feel better. My foot it still numb, I still have spasms, and I still have some pain and a lot of weakness. But I feel quite a bit better than I did. Now I've had this problem for 3 years now and this has happened before where I feel better for a bit and then I'm all jacked up again a few weeks later. Almost like it lays off the nerve for a short while and then presses right back onto it after a week of feeling decent-not great, but manageable.
If you were in my shoes, would you go through with the operation even though you feel better? Or am I going to put myself through a surgery that I may not need? No one wants surgery. But I also don't want to go back to being crippled. I've spent the better part of 3 years in awful pain and just what it gone for good. Part of me is just saying 'get it done' just so I have the peace of mind that it's fixed.
My concern is that I put it off and then I'm 3 weeks I'm crippled again, and it takes months to get it scheduled again so I go back to work and then am back out in a few weeks. The surgery is in 8 days and it's taken 3 months to get it scheduled. I'm worried that I may not actually need it but I'm also REALLY worried that this feeling good is just a short term thing. I'm confused and could use any advice I can get.
Herniations T3/T4, T4/T/5, T5/T6, T6/T7
L2/L3, L3/L4, L4/L5, L5/S1
Surgery to correct in 2005, reinjured 2012
Zero stability or movement in base of spine. Impingement on both sides of spine, with varying pain/numbness on both sides.