Thanks to all who take time to read and respond to my first post. Any advice is appreciated. I injured my back when I was a senior in high school during football practice.Couldnt get up or feel my legs. I ended up with a ruptured disc and a compression fracture at the L4. I was confined to a wheel chair for a month until the swelling in my spine subsided. Scary for a kid to loose feeling in your lower half. Doctor advised not to operate as procedures then were not that good and also since I was so young. My twenties were very painful but I did heal. In my 30's I only had the once a couple of month muscle spasms.
This past summer things went south with chronic pain. I went in for an MRI and was diagnosed with DDD in L4/L5,L5/S1. Ruptures in L2/L3,L4/L5 and L5/S1. Annular tear in L4/L5 after a painful disco gram. Small tear in L5/S1.
My pain is mostly located in my lower back and am blessed that my leg pain only comes and goes. I seldom walk up right as the pain is so bad. I have also lost alot of nerve reflex namely in my right knee and both ankles. Dont know what that means and it doesnt bother me but the doctors always seem to be intrigued.
I did my due diligence finding a surgeon. His recommendation is to do a multi-level ADR via ALIF. Using a rigid ADR at L5/S1 and a Pro Disc L at the L4/L5 level. Any suggestion is appreciated but espeacially with this area on ways to proceed and what to expect. My insurance is Aetna which is good because supposedly they and Cigna are the insurances' that except the Pro Disc L. My doctor expects 6 months of denial and rebutle letters since he is recomending what he calls a hybrid procedure with two differnt types of AD's. So now I wait and fear the unknown as I am in the insurance companies hands to how my financial future will be. Not knowing how much longer I will be in pain is also scary.
Thanks again as it is hard to communicate with others unless they have gone through it themselves.
Current Meds: Percocet, flexiril, celebrex, and neurotin.
Weight room accident at 18. Had compression fracture and was paralyzed for month until ruptured spinal column healed. At 37 did all the epidurals/blocks. At 38 had two level open lami and Discectomy. At 39 (Sept 2012) had two level ALIF L4-S1 fusion.