Hi everyone! I know you are all going to say get the ESI, all conservation treatments should be tried first. I understand that. But here's my story....
1 year ago I went to a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon. I had an 11 milimeter herniation. Neuro said he could do a diskectomy, but it wouldn't help my back pain. Went to the Ortho, who I will call Dr H.
He agreed the diskectomy wouldn't help either, and that fusion would be my option. He wanted to go in thru the front, but because I am overweight, did the diskectomy to remove the herniation. Told me when I lost the weight to come back and he will do the fusion. He said there is no point to an ESI because it generally only fixes leg pain, not back pain. He said because I am so young, a good solid fusion would take place, and my life after would be fairly normal. So you see, this has been ingrained in my head for the past year.
So due to switch of insurance effective Dec. 1, I now had to start all over and see a new doc at a new medical group. I will call him Dr. M. So Dr. M says he can't believe I haven't tried an epidural yet, and that he can't believe my Dr. H would jump into a fusion so quickly. He said because I am young, fusion is the last resort. The total opposite of what Dr. H said.
So now I am scheduled for an epidural on January 5th. My problem is I feel like the inevitable is just being prolonged. My disk is completely gone. It's putting pressure on my nerves. So if the epi works, great, but am I having to get them my whole life?
I am just so frustrated. I knew this would happen. So I am going to appease him, get the epi, and see what happens. He is going to put me out so that's a good thing. I)
Thanks again to all of you. I don't know what I would do without this message board. :<