This is my first post, thank you all for sharing your words of wisdom.
I am 55 and I have had back problems(spondy included) for 15 years. And now after 4 months of back pain I got the bad news:
L5-S1 Spondylisth.(grade one/two), 4 bulging disks with canal stenosis(L3-4,L4-5,L5-S1), DDD, arthritis, bone spurs,bilateral pars defects, severe narrowing of the L5 neural formina bilaterally. The pain has me on my back, unable to sit in a chair, and barely hanging on at work.
Pain specialist told me to expect to have 3 discs fused(L5,L4,L3). This really worries me. Not just the surgery, but what are you left with after you get 3 discs fused? When I asked what would happen to the disc at the top and bottom of this new back "stick" and was told they could go in a little as 6 months.
Is there anything that can be done to keep this train wreck(continued progression of spinal fusion) up the spine from happening?
What questions should I be asking the doctors?
I have many questions but I will stop here.