I posted a few days ago in the Injections section and had my first ESI in two years on Thursday. While reviewing my newest MRI images with my doc before the injection, its pretty much decided I have re-herniated again at L4-L5, left side again.
I'm curious to hear others experiences and treatments they received for recurrent herniation. When my neurosurgeon and I met two years ago in discussing the micro-discectomy, he informed me that in the case of re-herniation, fusion may be in my future. Has anyone gone for the 2nd discectomy or just skipped to fusion? Right now, my goal is to avoid surgery. I honestly can't afford to have surgery. I only have 4 1/2 weeks of FMLA left unitl next year due to an unrelated liver surgery I had to have this past June.
I'm trying to remain hopeful in the mean time. However, all I can see is me losing my job and declaring bankruptcy. All at 32 years of age?