Been recommended this site to study on what may happen with my back.
15 years ago, fell on holiday onto lower back. Had Doc take MRI then, turns out got L4 L5 black discs.
Saw a consultant at the time, said that I could have fusion, but as I was only 30 then, said that you can manage any pain you get, and maybe later in life you can have surgery or fusion to correct the pain.
Well, later in life has come round.
Now 44, and the past year has been not good. Very acute spiking pain in disc region at certain times (catches you unaware) and then (and more every day) very strong pain in the Sacro iliac region, causing very prolonged sharp pain in buttock and sciatic nerve on LHS. Done Physio, Chiropractor, Acuptuncture the lot.
Now this secondary pain in the RHS too. Consultant gave me a Nerve Root block, no effect.
Then discussed IDET treatment, so in order to have this, would have to have a Discogram
Had the Discogram, but found out that the L5 is so damaged that he found it difficult to get the needle in to inject dye. So will be near impossible to get IDET Catheter into the same gap, so IDET is no go.
Seeing him on Wednesday this week, to discuss pros and cons of the two remaining options - Disc Replacement or Fusion
whats the recovery rates
What options on Disc Replacement hardware used
who has had what type of Discs replaced and what with?
How long the recovery
What needs to be considered in hospital
Any recommendations on a postcard please....
Yours thank fully,