Hello everyone. I'm in a position where I have to make a decision.
I was in a serious car accident 2 and a half years ago. As a result I received three heriated discs (L3-S1). Last January I had a Hemi-Laminectomy and a Microdiscectomy on my L5-S1 disc. After surgury I felt worse. New pain on my left side (surgery was on right). After a post surgical MRI it showed a cyst on my left facet joint. I went through 2 facet joint injections (frigin killed like hell), didnt do anything. Had three edidural injections, didnt do anything.
So, saw a new Neurosugeon last Wednesday, she said that since all of the procedures I've had didnt do anything and I still have lower back pain and neuro stuff in my hamstrings,calves, and feet then surgury would be the next option. She is concerned that because I already had surgury on my right side that if had surgury on my left side it potentionally weaken that entire level.
So, I'm going to see another Neurosugeon in the next two weeks that specializes in instrumentation (Fusion Guy). They are looking at doing a single level maybe a two level fusion.
Doc that I saw last Wednesday says it would be better do go in and do the cyst removal and fusion at the same time, rather than removal now and likely fusion in the future. I'm only 38 so I guess the recovery would be better now than when I'm 50 or 60 years old?? I know its a big procedure and a slow recovery.
I'm really not looking forward to a fusion with all of the stories that I read about. Does anybody have an insight on my decision? I've been taking Percocet for the last year and a half, and just started taking Lyrica last month. I know I dont want to be taking these meds for the rest of my life. I want to start interacting with my kids before they grow up and I miss it (11,8,5 years old)
What to do????