Hi all...I have been living with various levels of back pain since a car accident at 16. I am now nearly 29, and since having my pregnancy and having my now 16 month old daughter, my pain has significantly increased. I have had 5 series of injections in my back in the last year, which have helped some but this last series have given me only minimal relief.
According to my doctor, I need a double disk fusion. Unfortunately, doing my due diligence has led me to some pretty terrifying stories and I am less than thrilled with the idea. I am also struggling with the thought that it is possible to go through it all with no relief. While reading some other people's stories about their pain levels, I feel that maybe I should just live with it. My pain mostly comes from overdoing it, and I get to where my leg sort of goes out from underneath me and my specific problem is that I can't lay down when in pain. (i.e. it gets worse) It is very painful but I am reading stories about people who can't even stand for 30 seconds so maybe mine is not so bad?
I also need to consider my daughter. As I understand it, recovery is long and painful and although I don't work and have a supportive husband, I worry about not being able to care for her.
I don't really understand my diagnoses...but I will try to copy what is on the report and maybe someone else can decipher it:
L2: Mild facet degeneration
L3: Partial desiccation of the intervertebral disk. Posterior central disk protrusion measuring 5mm AP which indents the ventral aspect of the thecal sac and mildly contacts the descending left L4 nerve root.
L4: Partial desiccation of the intervertebral disk. Posterior annular disk bulging which flattens the ventral aspect of the thecal sac.
All my pain is on the low left side. My main goals are to have my life back, not to worry about being miserable if I workout or walk around the mall...and above all to eventually be able to have another child.
Thanks for reading my book. Any insights would be helpful!