Hello, I am new to the site. I had an open discectomy in 1999 when I was 17 to repair a prolapsed disc at L3-L4. Had significant nerve damage due to the sciatica that took about 5 years to heal. My back would always "go out" but just for a few days or so. Always mild soreness, maybe 2 out of ten.
About 6 months ago, started experiencing a constant sciatic pain again and more intense back pain. This gradually got worse. Did a month of therapy which only aggravated the sciatica. Now the pain is a constant 8. Had the MRI done Monday. Took a look at it and prelim. results showed a herniation at L4-L5. I get the radiologists report today.
My doc said if their was instability at L3-L4, I would most likely have to have fusion. If it is just another herniation, he is recommending microdiscectomy.
I was wondering if anyone had a similar story/past and would be kind enough to offer advice or personal opinions on what I should do.