I am Penelope, 37, with DDD in L5-S1, I think.
The first doctor told me it was L4-L5, and something in L5-S1. After all the X-rays and MRI, it confirmed that I had a bulging disc in both. Referral from him to the surgeon said I had DDD in L5-S1 and never mentioned L4-L5.
I had a discogram and the doctor said it was positive. I am allergic to Hydro-Cortisone, so that really isn't an option. PT caused a great deal more pain. This started many years ago but didn't think much of it until early 2009. Fusion isn't an option because of weight and smoking.
I have a total loss of reflexes in my Left foot and loosing the reflexes in the right. Tingling and numbness in Left thigh keeps me up at night. I can't sleep more than a couple of hours before waking up to readjust.
Insurance company won't pay for Artificial Arthroplasty because it is too new in their opinion.
Supposed to be in surgery today. I had to stop working as of last Friday.
Family is very supportive and have helped me so much but are also totally against me getting any surgery.
The stress, the pain, the fustration is more than one person can take.
I have joined this forum in hopes of finding others like myself but have only found those that have received/receiving the treatment they needed, not that it has helped everyone unfortunatly.
I wish each and everyone of you the best and I do feel for you all because I know what you are all going through.
I have read a lot of your posts over the weekend, but not all. I welcome post and PM's anytime.