Other than a slight discussion about the difference between a ruptured disc and a herniated disc, which is actually the same thing, the course has been laid out. I'll be heading into surgery next Wednesday so the surgeon can cut out the portion of the disc that is pressing against the root nerve. He assures me that it sounds worse than it actually is. It's not like I'm having a fusion or anything terribly invasive. I will, though, have to have some recovery time and will have to avoid sudden movements and avoid lifting but once I've recovered, I should pretty much be able to get back to my normal life.
Surgery wasn't my only choice. I was given some options. I could do physical therapy or do "blocks", but ultimately, there was more of a chance that I would just be wasting my time. The herniation wasn't going to magically move. I simply just want the most definitive course of action and this seems to be it. So I'm bypassing all those things that may or may not work or help and going straight for the option that will free that root nerve.
In any case, I'm happy to have a husband that is taking off work to care for me and the kids and maybe (BIG maybe) be able to get him to pick up a vacuum cleaner and actually use it while I'm recovering.
As an aside, one of the nurses said, "No wonder it's gotten worse!" when I told her about my long struggle trying to get a doctor to listen to me when I said it was something more serious than muscle strain. Yeah, I'm not going to get over that anytime soon.
Please keep me in your prayers and thoughts as I go under next week. Thank you.
Peace, love, and pain relief,