Five months ago I started having severe pain down my right buttock into calf and great toe numbness. It's ironic that the pain usually starts in the afternoon, I have tingling,burning and a sensation that water is running down my leg almost all the time. Neurosurgeon says I need a R/ laminotomy-facetectomy-foraminotomy-discectomy- placement of L5/S1 interbocy cage and L5/S1 fusion. Have a protuding disc with narrowing putting pressure on the nerve root. It seems like a big surgery to fix this, the question is will the pain be gone afterward. I had a surgery 2 years ago to remove a cyst pressing on L4/L5 nerve root and was pain free until now.
I can't work when the pain starts, if I sit down the pain subsides. The minute I stand the pain is back. I'm 65yo, looking at retiring anyway, but want to work a little bit to supplment my income, I'm a nurse and will have to work the floor. I'm getting a second opinion on 6/24, I just can't decide what to do?? Any thoughts or words of wisdom. Thank you