Following on from an 'old' thread:
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?'