I have been living with lower back pain for about hmm 17 years.. I am 27. In the last 3 years it has become bad. In the last year it has become unbearable. I walk with a cane. I work in Manhattan and live in Jersey City. Commuting by subway is blessing and a curse.
I have finally decided after about 8 years of talking about it to get a a Spinal Fusion. It is going to be be at two levels most likely. It is L4 and L5.. i am not sure the bottom two disc will be removed and both fused. My doctor has sent me to get multiple tests and to see multiple docs.
I had a Myelogram on Friday 9/18. It was excruciating. My legs went numb from the pain i was in constant spasm.. i could barely walk. The doctor giving me the myelogram could not believe my reaction. has anyone had this kind of reaction? I am going to get a discogram next. How bad is it?
I had 3 Epidurals in 3 places. Each time it was hell and a lot of screaming b/c of the spasms. I do not know how the hell I am going to make it threw them sticking three needles into my discs. I am scared. I will suck it up and do it but I have read it is kind of a sketchy procedure. My doctor wrote a book and even said he doesn't recommend it often. Can anyone tell me how bad it will be?