I am interested in hearing some stories on the type and severity of pain that other people with a long history of L5/S1 back problems have.
I have been living with my bad back for 12 years now and the pain has evolved over this time. I have never had surgery or pain blocks of any kind but after all these years the pain has developed into a kind of dull ache most of the time.
The main concern i have is that the nero has advised that the decision to have surgery rests with "whether i can handle the pain" - What the!!!!!
I mean, come on!! How long do i have to live with any kind of pain - it controls most parts of my life and I'm over it.
The lastest thing is the constant numbness in my right leg. Sometimes i find myself knocking my foot and leg on the floor to try and get some sensation going - like it's fallen asleep.
I can do all sorts of things around the house now though - vaccum, sweep, clean, rake the yard - all sorts of things, but when i do these things i usually have to lie down by the afternoon and I'm taking drugs for the pain.
I feel i've lost prespective though and i want to hear how others have found that long term back conditions have evolved and whether surgery after this length of time was of any help.
i will go ahead with the spinal fusion if it gives a chance of living without the constant threat of pain - any imput would be great.