I've been suffering with severe back pains as well as pain, cramping and tingling running down my left leg for the past 5 weeks. It was diagonosed as sciatica but due to a serious loss of sensation in my leg, it was recommended by a doctor that I do an MRI which shows a herniated disc at L5-S1. My doctor said that I should do surgery to remove the substance pressing against my nerve before the nerve root becomes too damaged to be fixed. I've been doing therapy since the day I've gotten pains and it's helped A LOT, however, I still suffer with severe pains and constantly have to take pain killers. I've heard horror stories of unsuccessful surgeries where it actually made the problem worse and unfixable. So, I'm stuck between doing the surgery or sticking with therapy. If there's anyone who has undergone the surgery or has gotten better through therapy, could you please share your story or give me some advice. I'd really appreciate it.
Btw, I'm a female and I turned 20 last month.