Had a herniated disk in the S1 region that had blown out 15.2mm.
The pain specialist at Scripps green tried steroids and pain meds for about a month but nothing improved in fact I ballooned up 40 pounds from the roids and the feeding frenzy they spawned.
I was then referred to a surgeon who sent me in for an MRI.
One look at the MRI and the surgeon offered me three choices.
Some shot that he said works with small bulges, Pain meds to manage the pain or surgery.
I took the surgery in August and the pain relief was instant.
I was out of the water for two months drinking beer and walking the beach for exercise.
At the two month mark I was going nuts so I started swimming on small days just to be in the water.
I then got the bright idea to make a rigid belly board,fish style board and happily kicked my way into a few small ones.
At three months the doctor released me to do what I wanted with the advise if it hurts don’t do it.
I stand up much slower don’t have near the leg strength and have two left feet more often then not but I am back in the water.
Use surgery as a last resort!
In my case I was in such bad shape getting out of bed to walk to the bathroom was a half hour ordeal and I was starting to eat aleeve and vicodin like candy.
The surgeon said I would probably never heal on my own and I have seen anough people going through life with intense life altering back pain to know if I could swing the Surgery I could lead a fairly normal life.
Everyday is a little better then the day before until of course my medical bills started showing up = (.
Good luck life is fragile handle with a prayer.