I am losing weight and getting myself ready for the multi level lumbar spinal fusion I have been I need. I have gotten 3 opinions from different doctors so far; they all agree I need the fusion, but they also all agree I really should TRY to wait it out longer, because I am so young, and they all think a fusion now will only lead to more problems--fusions--down the road for me.
Well, I am at the point now where I am on morphine every day and I am miserable. I am not only miserable, but I am making my husband and mom miserable too. They don't know what to do for me, and there is nothing they CAN do, other than serve me like butlers, and I hate it.
I have reached the point where I am angry. And so I'm motivated again. I'm losing weight and want to start planning for this surgery, maybe in a year or so? I figure that'll give me plenty of time to lose weight and to find a good doctor.
I need your help. I know we can name names here, and that is okay, but I need some help learning what KIND of doctor I'll need for this. Heck, I imagine it'll take a whole team, as I've been told they will have to cut me open on my belly and my back at the same time, to put in the screws and cages, etc.
Can you guys help me prepare? Give me all of your "IF I could do it over again, I would have...."'s please! I am scared to death and if it's this stressfull on me and mom and my husband NOW, then what is it going to be like when I DO have the surgery and am in a full body brace for months on end?
Please help me prepare and understand what I am facing. Thank you. Mom and I really need your help, as lately we both are depressed and desperate, spending hours on the phone, crying with each other, over my situation, which seems to be getting worse.