First many thanks. This site has been very informative and also supportive. I am 9 months post ACDF and doing I think, pretty well. I think maybe the vertigo may stay but other than that, I can predict weather quite well now
Anyway, I hope the next part will not be too long. I was diagnosed with degenerative joints while in my 30's, I am now 54. My job at that time was very physically demanding as well. I made the decision back then to live and play for as long as possible. I am now facing a couple of back surgeries. At first the NS viewed my MRIs from earlier in the year and he felt that I would require a fusion of L4&5 and told me L2 was bad as well. He ordered a new MRI as well as a Discogram and additional XRays. I went to see him yesterday and he told me that the Discogram showed L2 to be worse and he would start with a XLIF there and cautioned me of bowel problems. That scared me. He also told me that viewing the data from L4 and 5, that he was suprised that I was not experiencing much more pain and surgery may still be needed there as well. I have not read much imput on L2 and 3 fusion. Can anyone tell me about it. I can manage my pain on my off days but my job has become very difficult for me. I have also had the back injections and was told that my alternative was what I have now and progressively getting worse or surgery. I have tossed around whether to try for medical disability and wait. Any ideas?