I'm very new to the forum, but have used the site frequently. I have an extruding disc @ S1-L5 5mm and a fragment. Not sure if that means anything--I have had 6 different injections in my spine, piriformis, and ischial tuberosity area w/ no relief. I have had pain for a year and a half now-started with a chiro.,then to massage, accupuncture, PT. My nuero said the only thing left to offer me is discectomy.
My question is do I need to get another surgeons opinion? Also, I have read that discectomy is not as successful the longer you've had the pain. Is there anyone who has had the typical 'sciatica' pain for a 1 1/2 years and seen success with discectomy--or know how the odds decrease?