I had a crash many years ago that either caused, or caused me to notice existing herniations of my L4-L5 and L5-S1 discs. This happened in 2010 and the last 7 years have been about pain management, strength training and recovery. Flash forward to last year and I'm feeling stronger then I ever have and in better shape then I have been in since I was in college. My bad back is mostly under control. It manifests itself with stiffness on longer rides and then I throw it out 3-4 time s a year. Fortunately for me, nearly all of my back pain was localized to my low back and I had zero sciatic issues.That is... until last 2 weeks ago. I rode both days on the weekend... did maple motorway on saturday and felt fine, and then did a quick 60 minute ride at oaks on sunday. When I got home Sunday I felt ok. Not great, a bit of stiffness in my low back which is typical. I also had some odd numbness in my foot, but I didn't think anything of it. Some times my foot will go numb while riding and it just goes away by the time I get off the bike. Well sunday I digressed into intense sciatic pain in my right leg. By Sunday night I could barely walk and I could barely control my right leg. The pain was intense. Well... I just got my MRI and it shows that my L5-S1 disc has torn and a piece of the disc is now occupying the space that my Sciatic nerve needs to operate. The pain has gotten better, but I have no strength in my right leg. I cannot lift myself up on my toes with that leg and my press up with my foot is also week. My doctor is suggesting rather immediate discectomy to try and recover the nerve. He cannot guarentee that I will regain strength in my right leg. He can say with certainty that it if we operate, it will not worsen. However there is only about a 60-70% chance that I regain any strength in my right leg. Even then, he's fairly certain it will never be full strength. Needless to say, I'm bummed, terrified, furious... just about every emotion you can have. Fortunately I'm good shape so the surgery should be easy... but it will result in a chance to ride a bike again at some level of effectiveness. I need to find a way to stay positive, and fight to get back on the bike. I'm going to be crushed if this is the end of my cycling career.