Hi my name is Amanda. I am 26 years old. On June 15, 2012 (out of nowhere) I woke up and could barely walk. Since 2005 I had been getting "flare ups" of my sciatic nerve, which would usually leave me nearly immobile for weeks until it would simmer down and go away. This time however the pain would not go away. I am a teacher so I had all summer to rest my back but the pain did not subside. It was really affecting my life. Finally in August I saw a specialist and had an MRI done. The MRI showed I had two herniated discs L4 and L5. Since then I have had two cortisone injections, in conjunction with physical therapy, and a round of prolotherapy injections. All of this with little to no relief. Finally in March my doctor told me that after all the things I had tried it would probably be surgery that would give me the relief I was looking for and deserved. My doctor referred me to a surgeon and I set my laminectomy and discectomy for June 25, 2013. (I waited for school to be over so I could take the time I need to heal.)
My dilemma is, besides when I moved into my new apartment on June1, I have been in the least amount of pain I have been in all year. I feel as if, unless I try, I am not in pain and can function almost the way I did before I was "injured." I even went for a little run yesterday and, although my foot went numb in the beginning of the run, I was relatively fine. I don't know if i should still do the surgery or if I should wait until I have another "flare up." My surgery ordered me a new MRI on Monday to see if it had changed from the MRI in august but it still shows a substantial herniation. About 2/3 of my disc (or the fluid i'm not sure) is on my spinal cord.
The reason I am having such a dilemma is because, as I said, I am a teacher. I have the summer to heal. What if I don't get the surgery and then in August or September, it flares up? Then will I be in pain for months again, waiting until summer comes along to do surgery. I have really been trying to do things I would do before I was hurt. (I was doing the Insanity exercise program a week or two before I was hurt!!) I was very inactive all year. I couldn't practice with the basketball and lax teams that I coach, and I had to keep sitting to take the edge off the pain.
Please advise! I think in my heart I want to do the surgery now rather then waiting for a time when it "needs" to be done because of so much pain, but in the back of my mind I think what if it keeps getting better, and it doesn't flare up again?