After months and months of lurking I have decided to finally take the plunge and join up.
My story goes a little something like this... for years I couldn't sleep on my back without waking up in amazing amounts of pain. I blamed it on a bad mattress and moved on with my life. In June of this year, I took a sleeping pill and ended up sleeping on my back for a full night. The next two weeks I couldn't walk. I would shuffle out to my car to see a chiropractor and even steering was too painful on my lower back.
Chiropractor #1 was a quack. He kept adjusting me and never took an xray. In August I finally caved and went to one of my friends (also a chiro) and he took xrays. Once the xray developed he referred me to a surgeon and said that he didn't feel comfortable adjusting my lower back until I had it looked at. The diagnosis is Spondylolithesis, Grade 2, L5-S1 with pars defect. My main symptom is nerve pain and leg weakening.
My surgeon laid out my options: TLIF - one level using BMP or we could try conservative methods. My disc is essentially gone at this point. My condition is degenerative.
I decided to go ahead with the surgery since it's had such an impact on my life. I am a consultant and travel for a living. The pain is at a point where it is starting to interfere. IT was originally scheduled for 12/3. I chickened out, felt too rushed so I cancelled.
Right now I am planning on having it in March or April. I was hoping to hold out but am not for the following reasons... even with getting deep tissue massages and some traction therapy, the condition is worsening quick noticably. I can't stand or walk for more than 1.5 hours, holiday shopping was SO very painful. If I fold laundry then I am in intense pain for 2-3 weeks. I am on Darvocet currently. The doc wanted to give me something stronger but I asked for something weak b/c I have to think for my job and I can't be fuzzy. I do statistical modeling.
We'll see how it goes. Any words of advice would be appreciated. I am feeling a bit defeated. It's all so sudden. I am only 28 and feel like an invalid.