Haven't been to this Forum in a long while, (since 2004-05)
Laminectomy 2004, L-4-5 fusion with decompression a bunch of rods and screws (etc). Now its 2010 and I am 9 months dealing with low back pain, repeat MRI shows severe stenosis at the L-3-4, spondylosis, nerve root entrapment, bony growth, scar tissue, etc.
Scheduled for another fusion at the level above original site. Have had epidurals, caudals, sacral injections, take Ultraset and Vicodin. I am still working F/T, come home and collapse in bed by 7:30pm.
I know that I have to get myself emotionally ready to do this AGAIN, I feel so angry and fed up. I try to keep telling myself that I had a great result from my last surgery and 4 years of NO pain and perhaps that will happen again, but no guarantees.
Last surgery was anterior/posterior appraoch and the recovery was tough, now they want to do lateral/posterior. Anyone out there have this approach for surgery? Any advice appreciated.
Sharyn51 Age 58