I'm Pierre, 34 years old male from Québec Canada (yes, i'm a francophone)
I'll try to make this short and sweet.
1st : injured my back in the summer of 2015 lifting a canoe for a portage. MRI shows a small herniation at L5-S1. crazy back pain, went back to work (teacher) after 1 month in bed. Started to feel better in december (drinving was now alot more easy)
2nd : February 2016, had the flu and reinjured my back coughing. New MRI shoes a moderate herniation squeezing the S1 root. Now My foot is all numb (small toes) and I can't walk for more than 500m. Back pain is gone, foot pain only. Especially when lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds and/or sitting.
So here's my progress :
FEB - MARCH 2016 : Can't walk, they got me hooked on dilaudid (but that's another story hehe) (off work until september 2017)
APRIL 2016 : Slowly start walking again without too much pain and starded to go out once a week (sometimes verry hard to stand for more than 30 min)
MAY 2016 : Now I can walk for about 1km, but still no lifting. I'm doing physio once a week with little to no progress. ***Saw the neurosurgeon, he said he wanted to wait and see my progress
JUNE 2016 : back on the road bike for short rides about once a week (5km).
JULY 2016 : no change
August 2016 : now I'm able to do a little more of everything, but I always get that pain in my foot after biking/sitting/lifting
September 2016 : Back to work, can't really sit more than 5 min.
October 2016 : Commute to work (cycling) about twice a week 30km round trip. Still can't sit for very long or lift or bend...
November 2016 : no more cycling (too cold). verry little to no progress with the pain in my foot. ** Second MRI (s1 nerve still compressed but the mri shows a nice progress) Second appointement with neurosurgeon and he told me that I had to decide if I wanted the surgery or not, I said yes, but i'm very anxious about it)
December 2016 : Same
January 2017 : now i'm able to walk for about 4 to 5 km every 2 days but still get pain in my foot during and after. AND I LEARNED THAT I WAS GOING TO BE A DAD! (yay) and I started loosing weight. (im at 252, 6'3'')
February 2017 : I can now sit for 15 minutes... but pain comes really quickly and does not go away easily. I feel I can lift maybe 15-20 pounds, but thats about it (now at 242!)
March 2017 : no progress (now at 238) CALL from the hospital for pre-operatory examination. Failed because of my asthma. They tell me that i'll be operated in april if I follow the medication they gave me (symbicort 200mcg)
Now, the big question. Am I doomed???
With the baby coming in september 2017, my general condition sloooooowly getting better and my fear of general anesthesia, do you thing I should get the discectomy done? I mean, I really do want to be able to get on the bike, play hockey, sit, hold my baby, etc, etc, etc, but damn I'm scared of going under. I wish I had more pain, seriously, I'd have to do it.
I read that they do percutaneous local anesthesia discectomy...but WHERE in canada????? That would save my soul.