After 10 months, I am accepting I need surgery. Have severe
hip, back, and leg pain. Unable to work a full day. After 5 hours of work, I am just lying on the couch.
I have neural foramina stenosis. No opening on MRI at L5 where nerve root exists. The disc above L5 vertebrate is
vertical instead of horizontal. The sacrum and tailbone
are very curved. Two discs are herniated and large bone
spur. All of this is impinging on nerves.
First orth. MD said rebuild from L4 down. He said there
would be about 5 small incisions and I could probably return to work in 3 weeks. X-rays with me bending forwards a and backwards showed "not moving as much as I expected".
I do not know if I was to have a fusion. Ortho. was ready
to schedule surgery.
I am seeing neurosurgeon for opinion. His comment
was that the surgery was "very, very risky". He would not
elaborate except to say "my weight". Then wanted to get
all my medical info. before we discussed surgery.
Yes,I am very overweight. 5'7 and 249lbs. I can not
believe that I have gained all this weight. It has been
from infertility treatment of 8 years, several knee dislocations, torn miscus, ligaments, etc. And for almost a year, no exercise due to back. I am on a very strict diet but not loosing. I am 53 yrs. old and due to pain,
I am not mobile. Can not stand up straight, lean to right
and just showering leaves me in excruciating pain.
Here's my question. Anyone else had lumbar surgery that is osignificantly overweight? Should I be worried? I am trying to loose weight prior to surgery but it will be very
slow and I can not stay in this amount of pain.
What should I do? This really has me worried.