My name is Geoffrey and I have been lurking for a little bit, and benefiting from the great information and stories offered here.
My lower back pain has been going on for about 18 months now, and after going through physical therapy, x-rays, epidural injections, and facet block injections without relief, I eventually had an MRI and then a discogram.
I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease at L2-3 (and much more advanced at) L4-5 and , also stenosis and disc protrusion at L2-3.
I have seen an orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon and they have both said basically the same thing: Tri-level L2-L5 posterior lumbar fusion. (EEK!)
The neurosurgeon can alternatively do an XLIF procedure at L2-3 and L4-5 with pedicle screw instrumentation from L2 to L5.
I am currently on 25 mcg Fentanyl patches, occasional Vicodin for breakthrough pain, and Gabapentin. The meds are keeping the pain under control mostly, at least keeping me able to work.
Well, there is my story thus far. I hope to hear from y'all soon.