Re: finally got some answers
That is terrific news --not that you have to have surgery...but it is nice to find a reason for your pain. You might think about getting your living space organized in case you get called in right away. You shouldn't be all that laid up with a microdiscectomy, but you will still need to avoid bending and twisting at the waist, lifting, etc. for a couple months (to be on the safe side). Just think about moving things you use all the time into a zone between your knees and shoulders so you won't have to bend.
Do you have a "grabber?" If not, be sure to get one. If you're not familiar, it is a device that allows you to pick things up off the floor. After you are recovered it will still come in handy when you drop something behind a piece of furniture that you cannot reach, etc.
One caveat: my surgeon told me that he has the most "trouble" with his discectomy patients because they usually feel so good after surgery. After years of pain restricting their activities, they can do all these things without pain or with little pain...and as a result, they want to make up for lost time. These overly eager patients usually end up end up overdoing it. This can result in a relapse, and some even end up reherniating the disc.
So just be aware of this and guard against it, should you be lucky enough to walk up without your current level of pain!!
Don't be a stranger! Let us know when you have your surgery so we can send positive thoughts your way.