I had L4/L5 herniated disc surgery 1 year 1 month ago. Before the surgery, the pain in one calf was so bad that I couldnt walk for longer than a few minutes. Now its a lot better, but after I walk or sit for a long time it gets worse. The surgeon told me that 90% of people are pain-free after the surgery and I dont know if thats a lie. He told me that for some people the pain goes away as late as 1.5 years after the surgery, but my guess is thats rare. For some reason it was worse than usual today and I started to get scared it will get to the point when I cant walk again. The post surgery MRI looked like he hadnt shaved of any of the herniated disc just widened the canal to make more room for the nerves so Im thinking had he done it right I might be pain-free, then again maybe the nerves were already too damaged, but then why would I not have pain when I lie on my back? I am wondering what other peoples experiences have been/ what other people have been told by their doctors. I am really scared of having more surgery. I heard of a few people who had a second surgery and ended up pain-free, but I dont know if its worth the risk?
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