Hey guys. I am an 18year old who joined the army 1 year back. (wasnt a choice . we have to serve 2 years) A few weeks into training i developed a slip disc. Went for an MRI and the conclusion is as follows
1.L4/5 focal and right paracentral protrusion, causing significant spinal stenosis. No L4 nerve root impingement seen.
2. Right descending L5 root is touching the protruding disc
Now i remember back in late december then i could walk for about 5 mins because when i moved the pain was so acute in my lower back. After 2 months i went for my MRI in february and the results are above. Ever since then my lower back pain started to decrease and now i am glad to say that i have no back pain now. Just once in a way it comes in , thats most probably coz of my stiff lower back muscles. The downside though is that symptoms in my legs started to show up . Started from the right leg. Pain shooting down my thighs, to my calf and all the way to the mid of my foot. Nerve pulls when i walked and numbness in the upper right feet. Then once , over a period of a week all the symptoms just went over to my left foot. I thought it would go away but and just continued my going to work(army clerical work). At then end of the week my left foot swelled and was cold. Had nerve pull when i walked. After 2 weeks of rest it went off. All the above symptoms were between april to like august this year.
After that it has been coming on and off on both legs but less frequently . No more nerve pulls unless i walk too much. But the symptoms still do exist. I have been on convservative therapy since april . According to my physiotherapist it has helped improve my situation but not stablized my condition. I went for another mri in october, results are the same as before. Now most doctors are recommending me for a micro disectomy.
Before i go on about my opinion, let me tell you abit about my lifestyle. I used to be damn fat. had a big tummy when i was 14? Joint karate and it started to loose weight. When i was 17 i was in the prime of my fitness. My waist size dropped from 38 to 32. But, i stopped all physical activities mid last year because i had my Alvls, bad mistake i know.
Now, given my current health status, i am adviced to stop and rest if the pain comes when I even walk. The only physical activity i do is waking. Its tough given my lifestlye last time. I have gained weight , feeling very weak physically.
The doctors told me to go for a micro-disectomy. They said i wud be back to normal with no side effects. Of course theres the percentage of succes and all. 99.99% the operation would be a succes, 85% i recover completely after that , 13% theres no decompression , 2% infection/scaring. Now its only after i read here that i found out people go for even 2 disectomy's coz the remaining disc comes out? ------> true?
Can i return to my previous lifestyle if i go thru this op? what are the chances of me needing a fusion surgery after that? Should i go for the op? Its going to be nearly a year since i got this injury.