Re: I have herniated disc and sciatic pain running down both legs
If the pain is ongoing then surgery may be the right option. You can always get a second opinion if that helps and do some research on your doctor.
What specific type of surgery has the doctor recommended? There are a variety of surgical options. And what type of doctor is it (orthopedic spine surgeon? neurosurgeon?)
I'm a veteran of over 20 surgeries in my life (from spine, to gallbladder, etc) so I don't necessarily fear surgery if it will improve my quality of life and will maintain well being into the future.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08