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Who has had disc surgery for sciatica?

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  • Posted By: winton
  • April 9, 2009
  • 11:58 PM

I've got a herniated L5 disc and the sciatica has become unbearable. The thought of having to sit still for two weeks and then "take it easy" for several more makes me crazy, but I can't keep doing my work and things I enjoy with this much pain.

So I know I want to do the surgery (cortisone shots haven't helped, chiropractic made it worse, I've been advised against acupuncture) and I'd like to hear from people who had the surgery -- drs. go in, remove the fluid from the disc that's putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. What was your recovery like? Did the surgery help? Did you wait a while before doing the surgery, and what effect did that have?

Thanks.

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