I'd like to read about some success stories!
It's been recommended by an orhtopedic surgeon, specializing in backs, that I get a Microdiscectomy as soon as possible.
I injured my back 1 1/2 years ago. MRI showed bulging discs at L4/L5. I recovered with physical therapy, epidural shots (which only made it worse actually), chiropractic. Then 6 months later I reruptured my discs and the MRI shows the bulges have grown larger. I have been trying PT, TENS machine, and chiropractic treatment for the past 3 months with no success. I'm taking controlled substances to control the pain now.
The doctor says the sooner I get the MicroD, the better my chances for success. I am going for a 2nd opionion in 2 weeks and if this doctor (a neuorsurgeon) agrees, then I will schedule the MicroD as soon as possible.
This forum is great and I think it is very helpful to know what level of pain can one expect and to know how much activity will be limited.
My question is: Has anyone ever had a MicroD and been pain free, or nearly pain free, several weeks post-surgery? How about the numbness? Does it ever go away?