I'm new to the forum and am hoping to have all the right questions for when I go back to see my surgeon.
In Jan this year I fell on some ice and herniated the disc at L4/L5. I had previously had a confirmed herniation on the same disc in 2006 and a possible one in 2007. I had an lumbar epidural injection in April, a microdiscectomy end of May and a sacral epidural in June which finally cleared the sciatica and I could get rid of the walking stick. I am however stuck with severe back pain and very restricted movement. I saw my surgeon in September and he said that I have degenerative discs at L4/L5 and L5/S1 with some damage to the vertebrae. He sent me for specialised remedial physiotherapy, parting with "if that doesn't work we will need to consider more surgery". The physio has now told me to go back to the surgeon as there has been no improvement.
My understanding is that the surgery in question is fusion. Big op, long recovery - all very scarey, but I can't deal with the pain anymore. Any pointers as to questions I should be asking?