I'm 31 and have had 2 previous back surgeries. The 1st was when I was 23 at L4-L5 for herniated disc with nerve compression that caused my left leg to be numb. The 2nd was when I was 28 at L5-S1 for the same thing.
I have went through physical therapy at 3 different places, heat/cold therapy,electrical stimulation and TENS therapy, ultrasound, manipulation, pain meds, herbal supplements, acupunture, pain management, decompression/traction, laser therapy, massage therapy at 2 different places, epidural steroid injections, and cortizone shots.
After a discogram and additional CT scan I was told a spinal fusion was possible but no guarantees as it could help but it could also make me worse.
I am a single mother of a 14 yr old son and a 7 mo. old daughter.
Before the pregnancy my back was in good condition (because of the acupuncture) and my doctor said I should be fine with proper care during pregnancy. During delivery, they did not want to do a C-Section and I went thru it all natural without anything, but there were complications and we lost my daughters heartbeat....I was repositioned (on my side with my torso twisted) and stayed in that position during labor for 5 hrs. Since then I have had constant pain to the point of being in tears and having to have assistance to get out of bed. I am currently wearing a brace and using a walker because of my leg numbness and weakness.
My doctors have had me off work for a year now, I lost my job, and will loose my insurance Dec 31. My neurosurgen says if I am going to agree to the surgery I will need to have it Dec 30 (only time he can fit me in before my insurance expires)
My worry is, will I still be able to care for myself and my children after surgery.How long will it take for recovery. Doctor says 1 year.
Is it worth it, all I have heard about are failed surgeries?