Hi, I am a 36 year old female who has suffered from a 9mm herniated disc in my L4-L5 for 8 months. I have been going through unbearable pain and weakness in my legs which has made me almost unable to work at times. I have been bounced around with the docs, who decided I needed either 1. more physical therapy, or 2. steroid injections, 3. more MRI's, until finally a few weeks ago I was nearly suicidal with the pain and demanded to see a surgeon. The surgeon told me I had a central disc herniation that would likely never have gotten better without surgery plus it was putting me at risk for permanent bowel and bladder dysfunction (which I had already had some intermittent). I saw the surgeon this last week, finally, 3 WEEKS BEFORE MY WEDDING. He scheduled me for my surgery and I had the procedure on Friday. I feel like a new person already. Of course I am sore but I can honestly say this doctor saved my life. I bring this up because I am a medical sales rep and yet I am so unbelievably upset with the medical system that refused to accept that perhaps what I needed all along was surgery. If I had gotten the help I needed in the first place I wouldn't be in this recovery situation 3 weeks before my wedding and wouldn't have suffered to this extent for months, attempting to work full time and take care of my daughter and stepsons, etc., in the meantime. I want people out there to know there is hope and this surgery ended my pain immediately. PLEASE do not be afraid to see a surgeon and get an opinion. After reading the research more, surgery results are excellent with this procedure and many people experience LESS disability who have surgery. I wish all of you out there with back pain the best...those of us who have it are the only ones who truly understand what you go through.View Thread
Thanks for your reply! I do feel it would be beneficial for us to read more stories of success in these blogs but also we need to take control of our own health. My story was a prime example of how we can only trust the physician community so far to know what is best for us before we have to advocate for ourselves. By the way, what other sites are good for sharing these stories?View Thread
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