This is for people who opted to have surgery. I want to know what was the thing that prompted you to have surgery? Did you try therapy for an extended period of time and it not work and then had surgery? Did you have some kind of traumatic injury that landed you in the operating room? Etc.?
In my case I had moderate to mild pain that could be easily controlled with ibuprofen for a little over a yr. then one day last week I was walking through my living room doing nothing special and just melted to the floor. my right glut & thigh just seized up w/ intense sharp pain that traveled down the back to NT calf and I couldn’t stand up straight. Luckily my mom was there when it happened and she immediately put me in the car and took me to her personal doctor. He was able to x-ray and see that I had a major problem with my L5 S1. He got me in for an MRI by 7:30 the following morning and then had me in the neurosurgeons office by 3 o’clock that afternoon the day after all of this started. The pain has grown and the NS had me admitted to the hospital to see if we could get things under control. We are on day 3 of admission and I don’t know if I can take much more of this. The NS wants to do emergency surgery now as he say it could not only relieve the pain but also prevent any longer term nerve damage that would either A) take months to resolve or possibly never resolve or be limited in the resolution. My husband wants me to do med’s and physical therapy. He had a bulging desk fire up his back couple of years ago and that’s what he did to make it go away and it’s fine now. He is also just really terrified and surgery in general and keeps talking about this guy he used to work with that have unsuccessful back surgery. I’m so confused and in so much pain I don’t know what to think. I really would like to here some unbiased opinions So please comment away. Also please excuse any garbled words in this messaging I have been using my voice to text for this because I don’t have the ability to type very well right now