I am 49 y.o. and have had back pain for 20 years. i managed it with chiropractic care. About 18 months ago pain began down one of my legs (right). I did all the conservative treatment: steroid pack, phys. therapy and ten 2 steroid injections. The ESI's helped but I know it's only a matter of time til they wear off. I already feel the leg pain sometimes. My back pain comes and goes but it definitely limits my activities.
When do I know if a fusion is the best option? Both a NS and an OS said they would do a fusion on me at this point. Will my nerve get permanently damaged if I wait? Will it be harder for me to heal if I wait 3, 5 or 10 more years? I'm so scared to get the surgery. I have a 9 y.o. and a 13 y.o. who need me!!
This is such a hard decision. Also, what if my husband gets laid off and we don't have insurance in the future?
Thanks for any advice.