I suffered a prolapsed disc at L5/S1 in 2008 then a further much larger herniation (10mm) of the same disc in July last year.
Both resulted in acute sciatica and many months off work on both occasions.
My sciatica is now under control after months of physio but I suffer deep back pain usually when sleeping and first thing in the morning. I am feeling I am slowly getting there but as before also feel I will never quite make it.
I am booked in for a microdiscectomy in 10 days time. The surgeon has been quite blunt stating the herniation will never go away. I appreciate it may never go away but it has obviously pulled back from the sciatic nerve!
My point is that I am very worried about the intrusive nature of surgery and the complications it may bring. Should I opt out and continue on this slow road to recovery without surgery?
If I dont have the operation will I still be at extreme risk of a flare up again...or should I have the operation and just get it over and done with!
Any advice appreciated