Ok folks, I need some opinions. Since my lumbar fusion almost 3 years ago, the pain in my lower back is now worse than it was before surgery. I'm seeing a pain management doc now, but I lost my job, and along with it, my insurance. I recently acquired state insurance, but my current doctor doesn't accept it.
The PM doc has given me 3 ESI's, none of which were effective. We were discussing the option of an electrical stimulator implant, but now that my private insurance has lapsed, that isn't going to happen (not at his office anyway).
So....I have the option of finding a new PM doctor who will implant the stimulator, or an ortho or neurosurgeon who will most likely recommend surgery of some sort. My most recent MRI shows neural foraminal narrowing and moderate facet disease at L5/S1, along with a 2mm disc bulge.
Fusion surgery was horrible, and I said I'd never have another surgery. On the other hand, the stimulator may not work. What do you guys (and girls)think?