Hi. I am interesting in chatting with moms around my age (39) with children still in the home who have walked through back surgery (specifically spinal fusion/laminectomy). I am considering this surgery after 7 years of dealing with chronic pain from a herniated disc at L4/L5. I understand that this is a common injury so I'm sure there are many of you out of there!
I have tried to treat this conservatively for 7 years (chiro, massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, exercise) and have managed to keep things at bay off and on throughout that time. But it seems that in the last 6-9 months I'm having a harder time keeping my pain level down throughout the day. Any kind of activity irritates my back and of course, the pain radiates down both legs. It's getting harder for me to push past the pain and function in a healthy, happy way for my family. I have 3 kids, ages 11, 9, 7. We are an active family and I hate telling my children that I don't feel like doing something fun like swim, ride bikes, or go to the park and play on the equipment. I can do most of those activities but I pay dearly for them afterwards and so does the rest of the family.
I met with a spinal surgeon yesterday (ortho) and he is recommending a spinal fusion and laminectomy. I cried all day long after that. I feel sick to my stomach thinking about it. It seems like such an invasive approach but I have to admit, that I'm losing hope that anything conservative is going to really help me anymore and I am concerned that the older I get the more difficult dealing with this is going to become.
Anyway, I would love advice from those of you who can relate to where I am right now.
Thanks so much.