I'm new to this forum, and I'm really just looking to get some advice from others that may be going through what I'm going through.
A little background:
In 2004 I was diagnosed as having sciatica after a never-ending cramping pain eventually ended me up in the ER due to the extremity of the pain. I did not have health insurance at the time and I was forced to try home-remedies and accupuncture. They were not helpful, but I learned to just live with the pain.
Then, in May 2005 I fell down at work (I waited tables) and although I sprained my wrist, once I recovered from that, my pain was gone. I went a little over 2 years completely pain free.
In 2007 I became pregnant with my second child and starting having back pain towards the end of my pregnancy. About six months after my son was born, it started getting pretty bad again. I went through physical therapy, got the cortisone shots, but nothing was working.
A year after this current episode of chronic pain, I went in for a microdiscectomy. This was in April of this year. I seemed to be doing pretty well until the beginning of Sept, and now it's back to where it was before. I had my MRI done a week ago, and the results are that the disc is worse off than before the surgery.
I go back to my surgeon on 11/3 and I'm wondering if I should push to have a disc replacement or fusion this time?? I don't want to be in this position again in 6 months. I have two small children (ages 2 and 6) that need their Mommy to be able to help with little things like tying shoes and helping them get dressed without wincing in pain everytime I move. I can't handle this anymore
Any advice from anyone who has had a disc replaced or had fusion of their lumbar spine? It would be greatly appreciated!!