I am going to have at least L4/L5 and L5/S1 fused and possibly L3/L4. I am 31 and have been having back pain off and on for the last 5 years! It has been getting worse lately and I haven't been able to work since January! The doctor said I have DDD; arthritis; 3 bulging discs; 2 discs with tears; and a compressed nerve.
I need all the advice I can get as far as what to expect, etc. I was told I would be off work for another 6 weeks and then I would have to wear a back brace for 3 months. Does this sound familiar?
I think I was more nervous about having the discogram then the surgery, just because I get to be out for the surgery, but the closer it is getting the more freaked out I am getting.
Sorry it is so long!!! My surgery is 4/9, so please bring on the advice!!!
2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times