Hello. I'm Bex and I'm a 26 year old single mom of 2 young boys. I'm also a full time Fine Arts student. I'm fairly new to this back pain- this nightmare just started for me in March. So I feel like a baby in all this.
I have a herniated disc at L3-4, herniations with tears at L4-5 and L5-S1. I also have scoliosis, arthritis, sciatica and a fractured tailbone. I have pain and numbness that radiates into my left hip and leg. I also have cervical issues that have yet to be diagnosed.
My nerosurgeon wants to do an ALIF and said a few weeks after the ALIF he wants to add more hardware for stability. I won't have any down time for surgery or healing until next summer and plan on getting a second opinion. I have had x-rays, an MRI, EMG, mylogram and a discogram. I have tried PT and meds. I would like to try more consevative methods of treatment before going for the surgery, but my NS had no suggestions and obviously doesn't plan to send me to pain management. Any and all information anyone can provide for me would be helpful! Thank you in advance!!!