Do not get surgery if you don't absolutely need it. You can and will make it to the other side if the pain is manageable with medication. I got it from the driving range. I fell to my knees at work during the third week in September as a third grade teacher. I am only 32. I staggered to my car at the end of the day. The rest was so painful that I can barely let myself recall it. All I know is that all I did for the next week was cry 24 hours a day and throw up from the pain and cry from throwing up from the pain.
I went the emergency room every day begging to be shot. I have never experienced pain like that in my life. On the 7th day, I had a discectomy. I had no other option. Taking 2 percs every 4 hours was barely helping.
I felt great after surgery. I returned to work 2 months later. I worked for 3 months and then it happened again, another herniation in the same spot. This one hurt but nothing like the first one. I couldn't walk, but at least I could lay down.
I did not want surgery again because if that didn't work then it's a fusion. I talked to lots of people that had this problem. Called doctors in Boston, cried, prayed. I started physical therapy. The pain is pretty much gone. I still have a numb leg.
It's been 4 months since the 2nd herniation. My body has started to absorb it. Surgery is good for those that can not tolerate it. But if you can tolerate it with meds and you want to avoid surgery just keep waiting until you can go to therapy and it might work for you.
God bless anyone who has this pain. Stay strong there will be relief. It will not be forever. I wish you all the best. Please contact me if you have any questions. - Susan