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[FONT=Book Antiqua]Good morning,

I have a herniated disk at the L5-S1 -- seen with MRI & X-rays. Neurosurgeon diagnosed me with Lumbar Radiculitis -- sciatic nerve involvement. For 5 1/2 weeks, I have been experiencing severe pain when I stand, cough, sneeze, get out of bed, or bear down. I experience the pain occasionally while walking.

My regular doctor said I would need surgery because the bone of the disk was pressing on the nerve root, so he sends me to the neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon said I had three options:

1. Pain Management, but since I have been on vicodin for 5 weeks without much improvement that is not the answer. He said only about 50% of people have pain resolution through pain management, and that when the ultimate pain resolution might occur is quite variable.

2. Physical Therapy -- according to him, he believes physical therapy has an almost zero chance of helping me, but he still scheduled an appointment for me to see a physical therapist tomorrow.

3. Surgery (microdiskectomy). He said in and out the same day (felt a little like McDonalds' drive through service , it alleviates leg pain in 97% of patients. The best way to go, but it's my decision based on my pain level.

I have experienced very mild improvement some days. How do you really decide about surgery? It seems so scary, and yet both my internist & neurosurgeon seem to believe it's the best option.

Any advice would be appreciated!!![/FONT]
Quote from Stageevie:
[FONT=Book Antiqua]Good morning,

I have a herniated disk at the L5-S1 -- seen with MRI & X-rays. Neurosurgeon diagnosed me with Lumbar Radiculitis -- sciatic nerve involvement. For 5 1/2 weeks, I have been experiencing severe pain when I stand, cough, sneeze, get out of bed, or bear down. I experience the pain occasionally while walking.

My regular doctor said I would need surgery because the bone of the disk was pressing on the nerve root, so he sends me to the neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon said I had three options:

1. Pain Management, but since I have been on vicodin for 5 weeks without much improvement that is not the answer. He said only about 50% of people have pain resolution through pain management, and that when the ultimate pain resolution might occur is quite variable.

2. Physical Therapy -- according to him, he believes physical therapy has an almost zero chance of helping me, but he still scheduled an appointment for me to see a physical therapist tomorrow.

3. Surgery (microdiskectomy). He said in and out the same day (felt a little like McDonalds' drive through service , it alleviates leg pain in 97% of patients. The best way to go, but it's my decision based on my pain level.

I have experienced very mild improvement some days. How do you really decide about surgery? It seems so scary, and yet both my internist & neurosurgeon seem to believe it's the best option.

Any advice would be appreciated!!![/FONT]



Can u detail in which parts you have pain more and what type is it ie numbness ,tingling .