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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Following on from an 'old' thread:
http: //messageboard.spine-health.com/viewtopic.php?id=15141

Hi All,

Had to re-register, it's been a while....

I've had DDD and disc protrusions at L4-L5 & S1 for around 6 years now.

Tried Physio/Med/spinal injections/alternative med

I have seen a neurosergon and an orthapedic surgeon, one hesitated to recommend surgery, the other didn't bat an eyelid.

Proposed surgery is a two level spinal fusion with instrumentation.

Pain varies, the more i do the more i suffer. Minimal leg pain, pain resides mainly in lumbar spine area and bottocks.

My specialist has given the go-ahead for a spinal fusion but it has to be accepted by work-cover first (i'm fighting a battle at the moment) and i know i'm going to win eventually. Work cover will have to pay for the surgery once i get my serious injury certificate.

As i'm almost there this is the scary part when i think to myself, is this really the best option? The thought of the irreversability of surgery is clouding my mind, i keep thinking to myself 'does my circumstance warrant surgery?'

Scary :(



  • Hi Flasher :)

    I didn't read your previous post so I don't know if you've had spinal surgery before or not but I think that only you can decide if you're in enough pain to warrant fusion surgery. I've had lots of surgery in my life, and my first spinal surgery (although likely not my last) recently - a cervical foraminotomy - a relatively minor procedure as spinal surgery goes. I had the surgery when conservative treatments failed and I couldn't face hurting every day of my life.

    In reading what others have endured and the huge surgeries that many have undergone, I've concluded that a person's pain has to be so bad and so constant that you're willing to do anything to relieve it. When you reach that point, then you'll be the most likely to appreciate the relief that surgery brings even though it brings it's own brand of "temporary" pain (if you're one of the fortunate ones to not have complications).

    Best wishes in whatever you decide to do! :)

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
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