Jan 8, 2017 TID fam, I've been suffering from a large herniated disc and extreme nerve sciatica. As a result, I've been told I need a lower back surgical procedure called a "micro-disectomy." My surgeon all told me I need to hang up the heavy lifting and focus on lightweight machine exercises or I'd keep messing it up. I'm struggling because this has been my second love next to my wife. I feel psychologically scared to even do the machine because of the extreme, crippling pain I've experienced. I'm just not sure how to deal with the surgeons response or the subconscious fear. It's really depressing.