I have been dealing with lower back pain for about 26 years now. I had an auto wreck in high school.
I have been in and out of physical theraby, chiropractor, yoga, massage therpy and acupuncture and lastly epidural shots with limited results for nerve pain. The last trip to the doctor, he sent me to a surgeon. I have been to two and both have said the same. L5 S1 fusion. My disc is basically gone. It just seems like my muscles are at war. I am in constant muscle tension. Is that normal for this injury? Are the muscles that way because of the lack of a disc and support? I have spasms and nerve pain in my leg, numb foot. Nothing I do seems to give me relief.
I will be having a myelogram in Oct/11 to determine the best course and give the Dr a better map of the problem. Then in Nov/11 surgery. So what can I expect, length in hospital etc. Just very apprehensive about the whole process.
Any advice is appreciated, Thanks