Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

Notice
All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

back surgery

shazzasshazza Posts: 66
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in New Member Introductions
hi all, ive just been put on a waiting list for tlif surgery and im interested to find out other peoples experiences. ive had an mri scan of my spine, to look at a crushed disk that came from fracturing my spine over a year ago. my pain was coming from lower down than the break though, and is pain ive put up with for 15 years. the mri scan showed up a severely degenerate disk l1 and its just by chance it was found. ive had physio but as for painkillers im allergic to anything that works well. ive been offered surgery but as its my choice im wondering if its better to go ahead and have it or continue living as i am. i am able to work part time at the mo, but ive constantly got back pain, and have had for years now. has anyone got any good advice for me? i cant stand up for any length of time without leaning on something, but can walk for about 5 miles quite comfortably (well my back hurts less walking than standing still)
advertisement

Comments

  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. check out the "Back and Neck" surgery forum for some more input on your surgery. have a look around and make yourself at home. good luck as you search for pain relief. =D> Jenny :)
  • I totally understand your reluctance to have surgery as it holds no guarantees that it will help and it actually makes some people worse. Have you tried injections, rhizotomys and some of the less invasive procedures that are out there? My personal opinion is that I would have to be immobile before I would consider fusion. Good luck and please keep us posted.
Sign In or Register to comment.