I'm hoping to get some feedback on microdiscectomy surgery.
I have a large L4-L5 disk herniation and have had varying degrees of sciatic pain since August 2019. The exact wording on the MRI report is:
"Large right paracentral disk herniation compressing the proximal right L5 nerve root agains the adjacent facet and causing posterior displacement of the right-sided nerve roots. The epidural canal is capacious.
The conus is anatomic. Neural foamina are patent throughout. There is no spinal or lateral recess stenosis."
Most of my pain is in my right buttock and calf. As stated above, my pain has ranged from severe (I went to the Emergency room after a coughing fit) to mild (I can walk about 40 minutes at a brisk pace, albeit with discomfort). Lately it seems as though, at least from a pain perspective, things are improving.
The one aspect of the condition that I am having a great deal tolerating is the lack of sleep. I can't lie down flat on my bed and so I've been sleeping on my recliner which doesn't afford me good quality sleep.
I'm a fit 35 y/o female and desperately want to get back to my life pre-herniation. I just need some advice on whether or not microdiscectomy surgery is worth it. Especially given that my pain is not severe (as least not during the day, when I'm vertical).