I have a 6 month history of a (R) Herniation...L4-L5 with (R) leg Sciatic pain. I have done all the recommended non-surgical treatments including, Physical Therapy, Chiropractor, Accupuncture, oral steroids and two Lumbar epidural injections. The treatments helped somewhat and I was able to continue working through the Summer.The first epidural injection did nothing. A week after the second injection I had excrutiating pain in my right calf and ankle. I was away from home on vacation and had to return via wheelchair assist at the airport as I was unable to stand or walk for any length of time.
Since my return beginning of Sept. I had another MRI which showed a Fragment compressing on the nerve root. This was not present in June MRI. Was explained to me that the disc ruptured and thus the cause of the fragment and the very painful aftermath. Have seen numerous surgeons...both orthopedic and neuro. who all recommend
surgery... a Microdiscectomy. One surgeon ruled out the use of the Endoscope due to he location of the fragment which he says is in the spinal canal.
Needless to say I can't believe I am in this situation and facing back surgery. I don't seem to have any other option since I'm told if I wait I will increase my chances of having permanent nerve damage. I am within that 6 month window that they say surgery is most successful.I have some weakness in the toes. Although the pain has improved greatly(on Lyrica)I still have some pain in my leg and intermittently in my back which reminds me that it has not gone away.
I am really scared and any reassurance would be helpful. People keeping asking me if there is any way I can avoid the surgery...but it does not seem possible right now. I am not able to work or make any plans for the future.This condition limits my ability to live normally. I just don't believe this will go away on its own...any thoughts?