New member here and here is my story. Need some advice.
A year ago, I twisted to put my son in the carseat and dropped to my knees. Seen the Dr and put me on flexeril...said its just a muscle. After 2 months, I requested an x-ray and it showed narrowing at L5-S1...Got an MRI and showed degenerative discs and sciatica. I did 4 months of cortisone and epidurals. They helped somewhat but nothing long term... I tried 12 weeks of PT, and that didnt do much either. Got a referal to see a Neurosurgeon and he gave me a Myelogram/CT scan..
That came back normal...He said I was a "mystery" even after complaining of tingling in my left leg. I do have DDD in 2 discs.. Shows arthritis, and luckily no stenosis. But he also said that I have some spurs in the nerve channel. Now he is recommending I look at getting a TLIF ( transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion ). He also is sending me to a 2nd opinion tomorrow...
So now, I am scared as hell...I want to be pain free, but at what cost. Will I ever play golf again? How is recovery gonna be? Will I ever be 100% again? Its so hard to tell your kids that you cant lift them up because your back hurts. And I cant imagine what its gonna be to not work...I am gonna go nuts. I have never even missed a day of work because of pain. I have never been in the hospital for anything before..Im nervous that they wont be able to fix me, but at the same time, I am nervous to let them fix me. I dont know what to do...Please help!