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My Sciatica started early May 2016. I was getting better (could stand for 3-4 hrs, drive for 20-30 min and sit for an hr without any pain). But all of sudden, last week I wake up with same level of pain like in May and can't stand and sit  more than ten minutes let alone driving. Did I re-herniate my disc? I haven't seen a surgeon yet but I am afraid that he/she will recommend  to have it. How long should I wait before thinking about surgery? 


  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971


    The longer you wait to confirm your problem the greater the chances that you will sustain permannent nerve damage that surgery will not correct.  You should contact a spine specialest as soon as possible...  waiting is just asking for permanent trouble.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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