i haven't been here in a while, mostly because i like to keep my mind off of this kind of thing, but i wanted to check in and see how everyone was doing. that, and i have somewhat of a question.
i had another MRI tuesday && the regular radiologist at my primary care doctor's office said that there's a herniation now at L5-S1, and L3-L4. there wasn't before my fusion. my fusion was only 8 months ago. i'm kind of discouraged that the wear and tear is happening ALREADY. has anyone else had this happen this early on after their fusion, to discs that were totally fine beforehand? and if so, did they get progressively worse or did they plateau?
i had a herniation at T11-T12, which is now DDD. lovely. i guess i'm feeling a little crappy today. i still take percocet on a daily basis, though i stopped the valium a while back. now i cut my percocet from 8 a day to 4, and they added tramadol, which does nothing for me, but... i dunno. i am tired of being told to just live with the pain. i'm freakin' 23. these 50 year old doctors have no idea what it's like. i miss hiking, and outdoor activities. i miss being able to do the dishes && fold a basket of laundry sitting up straight && without having to take breaks. i'm so tired of having to say, sorry, i can't go out, i have to take my meds && lay down. it's kind of hard to be a good mother && girlfriend like this. and as far as i can tell, it's not going to get any better, but worse, as time goes on.
one doctor told me there was a 33 percent chance i'd need another surgery within the next 5 years. but then today i was told it's more like 50 to 60 percent chance. lovely. how the heck am i supposed to get back to work when i'm just waiting for the next surgery? i can't go back && forth from working to not working. i have a child to care for, and i don't live with my parents. i don't have other people to depend on, but i do have someone depending on me. i just wish doctors would be more sympathetic sometimes. it's like, the doctor today told me that i'm going to have to work and go to school for the rest of my life. and i'm like, yeah, that's great, but i can't right now. she hardly even let me get any words out before she was interrupting me && talking over me again. she's not a specialist, but she is referring me to another neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon for second opinions, since my neurosurgeon told me there is nothing else she can do, and to just live with the pain. easy to say when you get up every morning pain free && go to work where you make 6 figures a year.
anyway, anyone have similar results on their MRIs less than a year post fusion, just on discs that had no prior issues?