I'm in a bit of muddle about surgery. I had an x-stop fitted in 2006, since about a year after that I've had pretty much constant slipped discs and a lot of leg pain, so basically reverted back to what it was like before the x-stop.
I've had a 'consultant' who has eventually (after being chucked off the list twice due to admin errors) signed me up to have a laminotomy and discectomy, and remove the x-stop - so this is about about 7 years of constant back and leg pain.
The surgery is in two weeks....but in the last 5 weeks my back has suddenly got better. I've been really really careful and tried not to slip a disc in the last 6 months, so I guess it has healed and the leg pain has pretty much gone - seems to flare up in my left side a little if I've been lifting washing baskets and it's cold, but I can now easily manage a 1hr dog walk, when before I was in agony about 3-4 mins into it.
So now I don't know what to do. Do I have the surgery - as I have 7 years of having these symptoms and they come and go all the time? But risk nerve damage - all the complications that surgery offers. My husband reminds me that leg pain is not 'normal' and still needs to be sorted even if its only sporadic, but I'm a bit scared of something going wrong and then blaming myself for going ahead with it.
If I don't have the surgery, I'll be off the NHS list and have to wait probably at least a year if my symptoms flare up again to be put back on the list. So if I slip a disc and it goes horrible again, I'll have ruined yet another year of my life.
I'm also wanting to try for a baby (I'm a 30 yr old woman) in the next 6-12 months.
I'm SO confused as to what to do. I have a pre-op appt next week where I'm hoping to discuss it with the consultant, but he's truly awful, when I asked about whether in his opinion I should do it last time he just said "I haven't got a crystal ball' - I did try to point out that he did have a hefty amount of knowledge about spine ops though, but he basically wasn't willing to 'consult' at all in case he gets sued. I have no one else to ask for advice!
Any opinions are welcome.