Surgery for Herniated Disc

This will be a long story, so bear with me. I just bought your book after reading Sarno's book "Healing Back Pain". I am a poster child for TMS. I had a breakthrough after reading your book and started to cry and haven't stopped crying since.

I suffered a large herniated disc after a long and painful year. I separated from my husband, going through a divorce, living in a horrible apartment (I have since moved into a wonderful house), and now dating someone who has let me down numerous times. I feel this all contributed to the herniation.

I was sexually and physically abused as a child and always had stomach problems as far as I can remember. It then turned into constant headaches and then urinary tract infections and now this.

My subconscious mind has now got my attention. Anyway, I am trying to work the program, but I wanted to know when should surgery be considered?

It has been seven weeks and my MRI is unremarkable. My written MRI says that there is a desiccation of the nucleus pulposus at L5-S1 level. There is a large extruded disc at the L5-S1 level on the left causing displacement and edema of the left S1 nerve root.

There is also a far right lateral disc herniation at the level of the right L4-L5 intervertebral foramen. There is no evidence of central bony stenosis. The subarachnoid space and conus medullarius appears normal.

I have had two epidurals (the last one two weeks ago) and generally feeling pretty good especially after applying some of the program (I felt great after a one and half hour walk in the woods).

Anyway, I am scheduled for surgery for December 7th, but my gut feeling is not to go through with it. I have numbness in one third of my left foot (it used to be half of my foot). This is my only concern. Should surgery be considered?

- Wendy


Surgery for Herniated Disc Update

Thanks so much for your help and inspiration. I do appreciate your spending time responding to me. Also, thanks for the tips in your book on dealing with TMS. I going to begin writing in a journal. I haven't done that before. I have been in and out of therapy for years but, only have scratched the surface and think writing will help. Thanks again. - Wendy



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