Hi I am new to this board. I have had lower back problems for 13 years. I have two herniated discs L4/L5 (which is leaking) and L5-S1, arthritus, DDD. After going to Dr's for 10 years and being told I only had muscle spasms, I finally found Dr's that took me seriously. Now I just don't know who to believe. I had dont PT, shots, and I am in so much pain. The problem is I do have some leg pain but most of it is directly in my back.
I had serval surgeons suggest fushions and 2 suggest a microdiscectomy. I thought the microdisectomy only helps with leg pain though? I am terried of doing a fusion at 35 years old. Please help I don'[t know what to do. Is there a surgery that helps with back pain? I found one that suggested a flex rod but he is one of a few surgeons in the US that can preform it and not sure of the outcomes.
I took take vicodin but it seems to help a bit but not enough. I tell my pain doc but he has never tried anything stronger.