... disk at the L4-L5 level. So far, Ive tried pain meds, muscle relaxers, rest, heat, cold, tens unit, physical therapy, and 2 cortisone epidural lumbar shots, all which gave me minimal relief. Actually, PT at the end, was making my pain worse. I've seen a orthopeadic surgeon and he recommended a lumbar Microdisdectomy. I also got a 2nd opinion from another surgeon and surgery was recommended as well. I've the surgery scheduled in 2 weeks. However, now I am feeling better, and some days my pain level is almost null. I started walking without the cane and been sleeping much better. I am second guessing the decision to have the MicroD, but don't know what to do next. Im unsure of my options. Could I possibly be in "remission" or perhaps I am feeling better because Ive been home resting for 2 months. Although Im doing better, Im in no way ready to return to my heavy-lifting and driving job. What would you in my position? I dont want to wait too long before surgery wont be beneficial to me. Any suggestions?
If I were you, I would cancel the surgery and wait to see if the pain comes back or you stay better. The whole point of the surgery is pain reduction, but since your pain seems to be going away on its own, it would be pointless to get it at this point. If it eventually comes back, you might want to revisit the idea of surgery. I would talk to your doctor about this, though. Sometimes people with herniated discs have their pain lessen over time with no real reason for it, it'll just kind of happen. Some people may even have herniated discs without even knowing it because they don't feel pain from it. And then some people have bad pain that worsens with time. Everyone's body is different.
I agree with everyone else. If you return to work (not sure if you said you have) and the pain comes back then you can reschedule. Sciatica pain can come and go. It's usually the pain from disk herniation that stays. But not always. You always want to try conservative management at if it subsides the pain that's great. I too found PT made my pain escalate. Not all physical therapists are created equally, some can be too hard on you. I've had 3 surgeries now for a C5-6 herniated disk. The more surgeries, the slower you heal and it's so hard on your body. At least you're experiencing relief. Best of luck to you!
I agree with the other posters. You can certainly reschedule your surgery if need be. Perhaps the time off work has just given your body the time it needed to heal. Since your job involves heavy lifting and driving, it's important that you learn how to lift correctly so you lessen the chance of reinjuring yourself. A sturdy weight belt would probably be a good addition to your daily wardrobe. You might also look at a good lumbar cushion for your driver's seat. Both additions are relatively inexpensive and certainly worth the investment if they help protect your back from injury. I wish you the best of luck! :)
Thanks to everyone for your comments and suggestions, all are well-taken. I had a chance to consult with my surgeon and he also recommends to postpone the procedure. Instead, he wants me do do PT for 4-5 weeks, then follow up with him. On a side note, yesterday I went for an extended walk at my local mall and the pain came back. It seems like even light activity aggravates the pinched-nerve condition on my L4-L5 vertrebra. I also experienced numbness and that awful "pin and needles" sensation around my ankle, which I haven't before. I'll begin therapy this week and will post back. Thanks for taking time to show you care. God bless
i have had four back surgeries upper and lower back.and my pain would come and go!i would hurt real bad for months and then i would easy for a few days!but my pain always came back!three of the surgeries were on my lower back and i have had a ruff time with my back!!i just had another m r i done on my back and am waiting on the results from it!my left side of my back got jealous of my right side and started hurting ,even causes me to stumble due to my leg not working right!!you have been given wonderful advise !but i think you have found out that the pain is coming back!and surgery will not stop all of your pain but it can make it a bit easier on you to handle the pain!!wishing you the best!
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