How does anyone get over the fear of surgery, and decide to go ahead with it?
I have been trying my best to avoid it, and today had another appointment to discuss what to do.
I've been told that any surgeon seeing my MRI scan would say that I need surgery to decompress and stabilise with a fusion on L4/L5 and possible another level or two. However, they treat the patient by their symptoms, not by the MRI results.
I feel that I am managing fairly well (which probably makes the decision harder), but my back problems are really affecting my life; probably that of my husband and family too!
Logically, I know that I should probably try to sort things out and give surgery a try, but I am just so SCARED! So many worries.
Will the surgery make my life better?
(I've been told that it will help my leg pain but not my back pain.)
Will I be able to resume things like picking up my grand daughter and enjoying shopping with my daughter again?
Have others with spondylolisthesis, who had fusion surgery a year or more ago, managed to get their old life back again, or are they needing further surgery or still in debilitating pain?
Hoping my spiney friends out there will be able to help me make a very scary and difficult decision.