I have just joined this forum having been told that I require a one level anterior fusion to the L5 - S1 (with metal).
Despite feeling that it may give me hope as the instability of my spine means I can't plan to do anything because I never know where the pain will hit next, reading this forum has given me grave concerns about undergoing surgery that is due in five weeks time.
I have been having physio and tried the injections, but both the surgeon and my osteopath believe that surgery is the only thing that can help. I feel very scared though having looked at not just this forum, but others and don't know if I am better off with the limited life I have and still having the ability to walk around (sometimes)albeit less than normal or risk some of the things I have read on the forums. Is there anybody who has had an improvement in their condition following the same kind of surgery to the L5 S1. I have to make this decision soon.