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Referral to surgeon(last option)

peppappeppa Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I've recently been referred to a surgeon to discuss the possibilty of the fusion of three of my lumbar vertebrae. Ive been struggling with pain caused by DDD and two herniated discs for 6 years now. I've tried every treatment going pretty much and have been drugged up to the eyeballs for as long as I can remember! Stopped doing all of my hobbies and am now unable to work.
Surgery seems like the last option for me as it's either that or opting out of the whole life thing in general!(not a decision I want to have to make!)
Not quite sure what I hope to get from this post but just felt like I had to get my feelings out somewhere.

C x


  • Hi C,

    Talking about our journey with spine problems is really helpful.

    Just know that we are not alone and that there are others out there who understand what we are going through is helpful. There are even lots who are far worse off than us. Just knowing that helps us to cope with what we are facing.

    I suggest that you read the articles on here about the condition you have been diagnosed with and the various possible treatments. Arm yourself with knowledge, so you can better understand what the surgeon is saying. Compile a list of questions to ask him. (We always forget once we get in the room with him.)

    Do keep talking to us and let us know how you get on.

    There are a lot of us here who are feeling so much better since our surgery and are able to continue with our lives. We will never be 100%, but still much better than before surgery.

    Look forward to hearing from you. :-)

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