I finally turned to the internet for some help with answers about a back fusion they are recommending I have. I will skip all the crap I've been going through for years.
I will just say that I was seen by a surgeon 15 years ago wanting to do L4 L5 S1 fusion. In those days I was able to make my hip pain go away by sitting down. A couple weeks before the surgery I spoke with some post op patients that told me their symptoms got worse after surgery. They said that if they had been able to make their pain go away by sitting, they would never have had the surgery. I was frightened and could not make up my mind about having surgery. I decided I would do something drastic to make the pain constant and severe enough that surgery would be the only option. I started running. And guess what, the pain started deminishing more each day as I ran a short distance of a city block. Now I was really confused. I called the clinic and asked to speak with the doc. They said he was not in and asked what I needed to speak with him about. When I explained that I was cancelling the surgery it was within 5 minutes that the doc called me back.
I explained that the pain went away during running and that the pain stayed away for periods of time after the run. He could not explain what was happening other than he thought the running motion and movement moved or adjusted my effected area's. He agreed with not having the surgery.
Well I ran for the next 13 years without back or leg pain. In my mid 50's the running slowed down and the pounds went up. So, back to the doc for back pain since I can not even walk for more than 40 steps without terrific hip and leg pain. Symptoms are worse than 15 years ago and getting more severe
I was referred to a surgeon who diagnosed the same old spondy and narrowing of foramin (sp?) He recommended L4,5-S1 fusion and said that my diagnosis was not typical and would most likely require accessing both the front and back during surgury.
When he asked me about my obvious apprehension, he wanted to know what my biggest concern was. He was suprised to hear that my biggest concern was not paralysis, but that I was more concerned about being in worse shape and more pain after the surgery and that complications post surgery might require additional surguries.
His reply somewhat put me back in my seat. He said that perhaps it would be better if I waited. I should have clarified his response better but I took it to mean that my concerns are very likely.
I was very reassured to read Sarah Vans.. post of success stories. Her thread is what directed me to post this question. Though sitting still helps relieve some pain and requires constantly repositioning, it does not work as effective as it did years ago. I've tried running and walking....no way.
So was the surgeon trying to tell me that my fears of being in worse shape after surgery were valid? Though his response was not an answer I had expected, I appreciated his response as it did not seem cocky. He seemed to be genuine and was speaking from his heart.
My perfect solution would be a successful surgury that would allow me to get back in to short 2 or 3 mile jogs and some 5 mile walks. For those of you brave soles who have already concured the fear of surgery, are my hopes of being able to jog or walk distances pain free realistic?
Thanks for reading and any responses.