I have a disc herniation at T-12 and L-5. I am asking anyone, who might know, if surgery on T-12 would help my suffering, as I call it, at all.
My neurosurgeon 4 months ago wanted to go with non-surgical options because I am only 20 years old. At the time my symptoms had lessened and we assumed that maybe my herniation was retracting on its own. However now, my legs are getting weak, my right leg even weaker, the pain is bearable, but I can't walk more than a mile. I spend most of the day laying down because of the pain that shoots down into my legs, and remains in my back. I was told to not lift anything over 10 pounds, stop working out, don't work, don't run, don't twist to much, try not to bend over, until October 27th, which is when I go back to see my surgeon. My mental suffering is well, just as bad. I am depressed because I can not do anything physical, I can not do a lot of social things because I am too tired. I can't hike. The mental suffering is the worst part. Oh and recently I have been getting a tingling sensation in my groin area. So obviously I am afraid that at some point I will soil myself.
I want to do nonsurgical because I am afraid of surgery. But I feel like I can no longer live like this. Sitting around, waiting, in pain, and mentally suffering.
Did surgery help any of you with your pain, your weakness, your mental suffering?
I feel like surgery may be the easier way out, because my surgeon seems to want to explore other non-surgical options, like a physical therapist.
Might a physical therapist help?