Should I go ahead and get surgery on my spine?


I have been dealing with deterioration of my lumbar ( I think L4 and L5) discs for a good while now. It affects my walking and is extremely painful, as it also causes my sciatica. My orthopedic surgeon and I discussed a plan, with the last resort being surgery. I have tried everything- manual manipulation from a chiropractic, home exercises, physical therapy, herbal remedies, multiple Epidural steroid injections and have been on pain medication for a long time now.

Should I go ahead and proceed with the surgery? I am sick of being in pain all the time and never being able to participate in recreational activities. I am only 21 years old. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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4 Responses to “Should I go ahead and get surgery on my spine?”

  1. SB says:

    Yes…I have had spinal surgery to replace discs & the end result was well worth it…

  2. Tsunami says:

    i would. yu are young and the fact of the matter is they have learnt so much in past 15 years about back surgery and how long it takes and how long you will be in pain. i would do it and be done with it.

  3. Sarah says:

    If surgery will improve your quality of life, I would say go for it! Seems like you have tried everything else. Good luck!

  4. itsjustme says:

    My mom had spine surgery 8 years ago. She had a slipped disc in her lumbar spine that caused sciatica and she was in severe pain to the point where she could no longer walk. The surgery she had cut a piece of her disc the part that was resting on the nerve. Her recovery was slow and took lots of physiotherapy to strengthen that area of her body and learn to support her back when moving around but now she is healthy and active and couldn’t be happier. I definitely recommend it because you are so young. You have so much to look forward to and your body is young and can recover.

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