Hello everyone. I have read many posts about back pain and surgery options on this site and decided to join up and reach out for some help. I am 44 years old and have had back problems since I was 16- I had been to the chiropractor and had done some PT, RICE etc for years and usually the times my back "went out" would eventually go away and the crooked walk would go away, however, last year I started having intermittent to consistent numbness and tingling in my left foot, toes, calf.. and then my back went out again- literally not able to move without help- had my first ever MRI and low and behold I have a couple of herniated disks in my lumbar spine including a MASSIVE herniation between L5-S1 ( ER doc said it was the worst he had ever seen). I opted out of surgery at that time, tried PT and injections, which helped a little- changed jobs ( went from being an RN in a surgery setting to teaching) and thought I could prolong a surgical option
Injections have not helped, my left leg and foot continue to be numb and tingling and now my right side is starting with shooting pains, tingling sensations. I can no longer enjoy many parts of my life including work and recreation. Getting in and out of the car, out of bed, off the toilet and getting dressed can be exhausting sometimes.
So I am ready for surgery I think- I am having difficulty finding a REALLY GOOD NS that I trust and I am not sure if this will help me in the long run or hinder me- I want to be able to work, fish, garden, drive etc etc eventually after surgery, but if surgery isn't going to help then I guess I can just live with this.
ANY SUGGESTIONS ?
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