I'm 21 and have been suffering from back pain and sciatica for the past 6 years, the past 2 being severely limiting and QUITE painful . I have a herniated L5-S1 and stenosis of the nerves but I've had sciatica (but now it's in both legs) and disc dehydration long before my herniation. Gee, thanks about 11 years of gymnastics ~X( . I have been told up until this point to wait for surgery (I really don't want to have back surgery!) because of my age. It most often leads to more complicated surgeries and most doctors want to spare me from starting this roller coaster at my age. Now I've been told that a DISCECTOMY is the only way I will have a chance to be pain free. I'm torn as to what I should do since I'm well aware that people with sciatica for 6 years most often have permanent damage. I know that the surgery is not a fix, it's only a figurative band-aid. I hate my pain but I WOULD NEVER FORGIVE MYSELF IF I ENDED UP WITH MORE PAIN AND MORE SURGERIES.
What are your experiences with this surgery? I want to hear it all.
I know it is ok for relieving symptoms sometimes, but did you re-herniate or need more surgery. How about pain? I'm not afraid of the surgical pain, but the pain that may be left after I heal.
I'd appreciate all input seeing as my brain is on overload trying to weigh my options. One thing I know for sure is if I decide on surgery I will choose a neurosurgeon.
Thank you all for making it to the end of this, I know it's long, and for your replies. I value your opinions!