Re: Lumbar Microdiscectomy
I had a microdiscectomy at Cedars Sinai 13 days ago for massive disc herniation with L buttock pain radiating to my left foot and dealt with it conservatively for 6 yrs. I'm a phsical therapist so I knew what I should do although I still did things that would aggravate it, leading to my need for 3 epidurals. I did the oral steroids in the beginning, physical therapy, hanging upside down on an incline table, massage, tons of core strengthening and stretching, water therapy, refocusing away from pain with mind games etc. Six yrs later still had terrile nerve tension of my L sciatica which limited my ability to shave my legs, put my socks on etc. Finally so glad I did the surgery. Buttock pain and nerve tension is gone so far but I still have some nerve pain in my foot, intermittently that the Dr said I should give about 2 more weeks before it lightens up. Where are you now with your symptoms? Personally I believe most people would have done this surgery the first year but I think I had the mindset that I can try everything else first and surgery last. Often it may get better within 6 months to a year. If not and your disc bulge is too large, surgery can be successful.