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I have been a lurker around these boards for a number of years but thought it may be time to post as I am torn about my next steps. I will try to be as brief as possible but am hoping for guidance.
I am a 36 year old mother of three small children. I believe I herniated L5-S1 in a car accident in December 2012 but because of pregnancy and being told "it would resolve itself", it wasn't diagnosed until September 2015. At that point, I had an MRI and very quickly after that, found myself pregnant again. Treatment on hold. Since then, I have done chiropractic care, three epidural injections and PT. I have been told by my doctors there isn't much else they can do for me, other than surgery (microdiscectomy) and it obviously isn't going to heal on its own since it has been 5+ years.
I would classify my pain level as a nagging, stabbing pain from my butt down my leg. Most of the time, if I haven't been too active, it is manageable. However, when I have a day when I have done quite a lot of standing or walking slowly (something that happens often with a one year old), the pain is pretty bad and puts a cramp in my activity level. I find myself worrying about activities like chaperoning my first grader to the zoo because of being concerned about the level of pain and whether I will be able to keep up with the kids.
I read the posts on here about debilitating pain and I am certainly not there. If I want to do something, I can, but I do feel like it hinders my life.
I suppose my questions are two-fold:
1. Has anyone else had this level of pain and had surgery or experienced relief from alternative treatments?
2. Has anyone with small children had a microdiscectomy? I'm concerned about the not lifting for a number of weeks. My husband is very supportive but he can only be around so much. My 8 year old can help lift the 1 year old, but sometimes toddlers just want their moms.