I am new to the site and - well to make a long story short - I am a professional chef, a career change because being a white collar guy was not my passion. (being a real live chef is not anywhere near what you see on tv - kind of a combination of Gordon Ramsay style cooking on the deck of a deadliest catch crab boat - very physical is what I am getting at) anyways -- I or I should say WE - my wife and I have done lots of things for my passion and now I am faced with a possibility of not. She is a nurse practitioner that runs the a practice of my doc (Int. Med). He ordered the MRI after telling her that this may be a career ender...so pills some pain shots etc...referred to spine doc...So after injections, PT, swimming, not lugging heavy stuff - I am faced with LIVE WITH IT or LIVE WITH A DIFFERENT PAIN - is that correct? I have read posts and very few people having a happy story. While I realize this is a major surgery and not cut and dry -no pun intended - SO we are debating the surgery or I am because she told me that it was a hard choice...
So here you go:
I hurt all day with pain down the leg and butt cheek, numb toes and sometimes I am not sure I am even moving my leg because I can't feel it. My mid section gives out without an industrial brace - feel like jello and I lose balance. Take pills when I have to - but most of the time I am trying to focus on my work, it is when I stop that it stabs me. It is all around the horrible pain as many of you have listed. My back is normal other that this problem which has confused many docs...no disc deterioration just L5 out of whack---
Do you - 1 have fusiion L5-S1
or 2 Live with it
Inquiring minds want to know - meaning me. I appreciate you guys so far with your kind words to toher posters and some advice is very very good - can you advise me now?