Hi, My husband is 47 and has recently been diagnosed with all of the above. He has 3 herniated disks at L4-L5 and one other I cannot remember. He has spinal stenosis at L5 and 2 buldging disks as well. He has been on the fentanyl patch for 6 yrs as well as percoset, oxcontin, lyrica, neurontin.
At first we thought all the pain was comming from his hip. He had a total left hip replacement in January of 2008 and was scheduling his right hip for January of 2009, because it was bad and the pain was unbearable even after surgery. The doctor told him to get an MRI because the pain he was describing could not be comming from the right hip as it was not yet ready for surgery as he first thought. So the MRI done July of 2008 revealed all of the above.
It breaks my heart to see him in so much pain. He was always so strong and nothing would stop him. He'd go to work then come home and cry all night from the pain and the night cramps. Now he cannot even go to work. He's gotten 2 epidorals to his spine and another due today all over 6 weeks time and it hasn't helped him at all. I don't think today's epidoral will work. I'm trying to run our business and he's trying to help from home. But I miss my husband and I miss him being strong and healthy. I'm afraid to get close to him because it'll set off a cramp.
Doctors have given opposite oppinions and many tell us not to undergo surgery. They say live with the pain. I cannot imagine seeing my husband fall apart piece by piece because of the osteo arthritis. He cannot excersize to keep it from progressing because of the pain. Already in 2 short months his body has undergone degenerative changes. He has bulging on his right side and his neck and should are causing him intense pain.
HAS ANYONE GOT ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT LAMINECTOMIES THEY HAVE HAD? I AM LOOKING FOR LONG TERM, NOT ONLY SHORT TERM.
I have only read about short term surgeries that they have had good results from, anything else has been bad, bad, bad.
We are both afraid of surgery, but I am wondering if this
may be his only hope.