I have a large herniated disc L5-S1. It started in January with severe sciatica. The pain was so excruciating I could barely function. I had to stop working in February because I wasn't able to get through the day. I could not stand more than 5 minutes and couldn't sit at all. I'd been relegated to my bed since Feb up until very recently. I started doing DRX 9000 treatments in April. It was getting me very much better, but the success was limited. Even my chiro said that the machine could not help me any further. He advised that now was the time to seek surgical intervention. This was a huge admission. Chiros typically don't like surgery and this one even more so. He had a family member to actually die from a botched surgery. He'd been telling me for months to do everything I could do avoid surgery.
So I got new MRIs done about two weeks ago. The disc has receded away from the nerve a little, but the herniation is large and it is still touching the sciatic nerve. In the past three weeks I've met with a neurologist twice and met with the neurosurgeon yesterday. They are advising surgery --a microdiscetomy. HERE'S THE KICKER....I NOW FEEL GREAT!! Two weeks ago I made a big leap in my recovery. Each day I've gotten better and better. Today I'm in no pain, I can walk longer distances, can sit normally, and basically function normally. I feel like I can even start working again. The neurosurgeon I met with yesterday explained that the disc has a great likely hood of protruding back into the nerve. I may feel great for weeks but it most likely would happen that the pain will return. He wasn't pushy at all. He was very matter of fact. I'm 33 yrs old. I don't want to keep dealing with going back and forth with pain and disability. Would it make sense to have surgery at this time? I'd appreciate your input. Thanks