I am a 33-year-old female who has been diagnosed with L5-S1 disc herniation, referred to by one doctor as "impressive" (the herniation, not me), that extrudes and impinges on the nearby nerve root. Beginning around November 2008, I had moderate leg pain and numbness; in December 2008 this turned into excruciating pain (probably a 9) that limited pretty much every facet of my life, making it difficult to do anything that wasn't laying perfectly still flat on my back. Went through pain meds, heat/ice, PT, and three rounds of ESIs, which helped for a couple of months. Then the pain came back with a vengeance. Pain management guy told me the next step was surgical consult, and both surgeons I saw (one ortho, one neuro--both back specialists) recommended L5-S1 microdiscectomy.
However, now with my surgery scheduled a week and half out, my pain has improved. Still limits me somewhat, but I don't need meds or anything. I am not sure if I should go through with the surgery, but I am concerned, though, about what happens if I don't have the surgery...am I going to be trapped in a terrible cycle of recurring severe pain. Murphy's law (and my luck) says as soon as I cancel surgery my pain will flare back up. Particularly since I am planning on trying to have children in the near future, and I can't even fathom being pregnant with the level of pain I experienced this past December/January and April/May.
Given the six-to-seven month history of pain, and its recurrence, any thoughts on whether it is reasonable to go ahead with the surgery even if the pain is not so severe right now?