I have degenerative disc disease, arthritis and I am 1 year and 3 months post lumbar spinal fusion.
I take Flexiril, actually the generic, for back spasms when needed.I'm also on a slew of other meds, but they are not for my back.
I have had x-rays, the first x-ray revealed a possible stress fracture in one of my discs, all x-rays there after were to make sure the titanium in my back post surgery had not moved and that my bone grafts were healing. I had an MRI which showed disc herniation at the L4/L5 and L5/S1 region. I had a discography, which I hope I never have to have again, it showed a pain response of 7 at the L4/L5 and a pain response of 9 at L5/S1.
November 5, 2009 I had a lumbar spinal fusion. They removed the discs from my L4/L5 and L5/S1 regions, the latter of the two was completely herniated, sitting on my nerves and was calcifying. I had 2 bone grafts, 2 titanium cages and 6 titanium screws put in my back. Prior to surgery I had severe pain in the lumbar region with sciatic pain in the right leg. I also had a loss of feeling in my right foot and a loss of my reflexes. I had to take pain meds constantly and I was walking with a cane. I was 33.
I currently have no upcoming surgeries.
Besides having back problems, I have diabetes, high blood pressure, a fast heartbeat, high triglycerides, Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome, mild depression, and mild OCD. Most of my health problems have been past down from my parents, actually everything except the OCD. By the way my name is CAT I live in the Baltimore Metro region of MD, I'm 34, married, have no kids, and drive a school bus for a living. 8>