Well after 2 years of this Bullsh*t, I have finally pulled the trigger and I am scheduled for "Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion of L5-S1 and Decompression of L4-L5, L3-L4 and possible L2-3" on July 16th.
Symptoms are: Sept 08 got up from a chair and "wrapped" my leg around chair leg, something popped. Intense pain in right and left legs and severe left foot drop. Since then I have had a Laminectomy of L3-4 right for siacitia pain (very successful). I am not able to stand for more than a couple minutes. Can only walk a 100 +- feet. Have had about 6 sessions of epidural injections, none successful. Also had 3 level Rhizotomy that only gave me relief for 2 days.
I am 49 years old and unable to work (construction electrician). I was lucky and did get SSDI.
I am reading this blog and I do appreciate all the information I have received. My doctor has said that after surgery I am going to a rehabilitation hospital for "at least 2 weeks and probaly 4 weeks". WOW!!
I hope that I have as much success as I have seen here with other fusion people. I am scared, but if I wasn't I think that would be strange. As the days tick by and I get closer to surgery I just try to think about the things that I will be able to do again. Like travelling with my wife, and standing and walking without pain. That helps with the jitters!!
Any one else getting surgery in July???