Re: Pain has subsided--do I still need surgery?
I'm going through the EXACT same thing, Herniated L4-5, but I'm only 23 years old and a mom.... I know some people who have had surgery and felt great, but 50 % of them had worse problems a few years after surgeries, and I'm so young. My 1st doctor wanted to recommend me for surgery, so I sought a 2nd opinion (I have a 5 month old, and can't take the time off my feet) who said that if I felt okay on most days (which I do) and if medication helped on bad days (which it usually does) that I should just try PT to get rid of the lower lumbar neuropathy and leg stuff (I too have had terrible sciatic nerve pain) and forget surgery unless I really became disabled. PT has helped some, and I don't have unbearable pain most of the time, so for me right now, surgery is out of the question.
DS born 07/05/2003
DD born 3/24/2005