Hello Spine-Health friends!
I am a 25 year old male considering microdiscectomy at L5-S1. Sciatica pain has come and gone over the last 5 years but would usually go away with stretching and exercise. This past August, I must have aggravated it and the pain has gotten worse and worse. Sitting was the only time I had no pain and walking/standing was almost excruciating.
I went to a physical therapist as well as a pain management doctor to get opinions and treatment options. MRI had shown a large disc herniation at L5-S1. After about a month of physical therapy the pain was intensifying and I saw my pain management doctor to get a spinal injection. Unfortunately this only gave me about a week of relief. I continued physical therapy and still no help. I saw my pain management doctor a month or so after my first injection and he suggested we try again. I had nothing to lose, so we gave it a shot and unfortunately still no relief.
It is now been about 3 months of physical therapy and I am almost convinced that the pain has worsened. Since the very beginning the pain has gone down my left buttocks, hamstring area, calf, and into the foot. Following the L5-S1 nerve pattern perfectly. So I figured it was time to see get some more opinions and discuss surgery. After seeing one surgeon he suggested a microdiscectomy, stating it is a very common procedure, minimally invasive, and has a high success rate. All great things to hear, but of course I decided to do some research and see tons of information regarding reherniation and high likelihood of revision surgery. This is discouraging, but thinking about still giving it a shot. I still have 3 more surgeons to see because you can never have too many opinions. But I know a lot of people who had more severe back issues and opted for fusion, but at this juncture, probably no where near that yet.
Anyone been through a similar situation? Any advice? Much appreciated. Thanks!!