Hiya! I'm not sure if this is the best place to talk about this, but have any of you had PLIF (spinal fusion) in the past? If so, can you please give me any reassurance on the outcomes you experienced?
I have had trouble with LBP for nearly 5 years and have tried EVERYTHING to try and combat the daily pain I experience. My job means that I am sitting on very small chairs (in a primary school) for long periods of time and the discomfort is getting me down.
I've tried discectomies x 2, 4 and a half years ago, physiotherapy, swimming, radio albations (where the nerves are burnt!), epidural, 7 x facet joint injections, electric heating pad, frozen peas!, cycling, heat patches, numerous different medications (now I am on morphine patches which I change once a week and also take morhpine solution at night). I don't think there's anything I haven't tried.
I went for a second opinion a couple of weeks ago and was advised to have an injection into my disc - and if it hurts then the consultant will know 100 per cent that the pain is coming from the disc and may recommend a spinal fusion (cos I also have arthritis in my facet joints and he can use these to make up the artifical disc or something).
The only information I have been given from that hospital is 100 per cent positive, but I'm not sure if the procedure is successful/safe because there are no case studies of anyone who has said anything negative about having a spinal fusion.
If anyone can offer any advice, I'd be only too grateful to read it.
Many thanks for any help you can give me
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!