5 years ago I had a discectomy on the L4-5 disc, after a big herniation on its left side and a lot of pain. The surgery was a success, resolving my sciatic pain issues.
2 months ago I had a recurrent disc herniation. On the same disc, on the right side this time. After trying conservative treatment without any success I decided to go for a second surgery, which is scheduled in two weeks from now.
But in a sudden turn of events, the pain has considerably improved in the last few days. I still have numbing and weakness on my right leg, but it's certainly more bearable, something that puts me into second thoughts about my decision to have the surgery, especially since it'll be my second. Levels of pain and the straight leg test show improvement, but the MRI still shows a big herniation compressing the nerve root.
It is my understanding that herniated discs might become more asymptomatic, but can't just "vanish" on their own, without surgical treatment. Should I postpone my second surgery (it might take months to get the second date) or I am just delaying the inevitable? Is living with a big herniation a bigger risk than having the surgery?
Any similar experience or thoughts in general would be appreciated, cheers !!