Herniated for 14 years - will surgery really help?
I am hoping that somebody who either has had a Microdiscectomy or knows someone who has could help me with my question. I hope this post doesn't sound all "pity me" or whiny, because I really don't mean it that way. I just want to make sure I put down all the information so that I can get a better opinion.
I have no insurance so the surgery they want me to have is literally going to take every dime I have and all I can borrow to have it done, and there won't be any money for physical therapy or any kind of post operative care. I have a disabled husband who requires alot of money each month for meds, equipment, etc., so I have to be able to work to support him and my 14 year old son. I have had a herniated L5-S1 for 14 years and it has finally come to the point where I cannot continue to function with this sciatica, and it has begun to affect my relationship with my son... when mama comes home after work, it's all she can do to hobble to the bed, lie down and cry.
My personal physician as well as the doctor and medical staff at our local ER have all advised me to file for my Social Security disability. They feel that once the board sees my MRI as well as a physical examination that will show significant reflex and nerve impairment, that they will approve it.
My choices are this: I can have the surgery, not have any kind of physical therapy or post-operative care, bankrupt my family and pray that I don't re-herniate because I'll lose my job, or I can file for Social Security, pray that they approve me, wait 2 years until I qualify for Medicare, then have the surgery with some help to pay for it and any complications or physical therapy afterwards.
My question is this: What really is the risk of reherniation, and in your opinion, what do you think my chances are that I can have the surgery and go back to normal without needed any kind of post operative care (other than missing 2 weeks of work)?
Please, I would appreciate any responses, even negative ones.
Thank you so much for reading this.