In March 2008 I had a discectomy at L5/S1 because of a disc rupture that was causing spinal stenosis. The surgery seemed to improve my condition for a few months (after recovery). Then this winter, this started to go downhill again. Limited mobility, severe pain. I also had to have 2 surgeries to fix my left shoulder and AC joint.
Now it's nearly summer again, I just turned 30, and it's been a little over a year since my surgery. I feel like I'm back to where I started before I even had the surgery. I'm in constant pain, it shoots right to the end of my tail-bone! Then my butt hurts on both sides, and pain starts to shoot down the back of my legs the more active I am. I had an MRI a couple months ago that showed a lot of nerve impingement in the lateral foramina, and some bone edema in the vertebrae.
Now my specialist is bringing out the S-word again (SURGERY). (This is a different person who handled my treatment a year ago). I don't know if I'm ready for something like spinal fusion surgery. Is this going to be the only option to fix my current pain? I'll be seeing a new pain center specialist in the near future, and I was told they are basically the last stop before surgery is the only option left...
Anyone have an opinion or advice?