Hi Everyone. Well I'm not sure if I should keep reading or what:-SS :nailbite:
First a little back ground I guess. I am an almost 52 yr old woman with DDD at L4-L5 with stenosis and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. I have had this problem for 15 yrs. I had been a bus driver for 20 yrs but retired 7 yrs ago. Chiropractic took care of the pain for 8 yrs or so. From there it went to epidurals, and radio frequency ablation. Now nothing works for the pain and I don't want to have to take heavy pain killers for the rest of my life.
I went to a neurologist who sent me to a neurosurgeon. I do have surgery set up for April 11th. I have chosen ALIF and was thinking that it wouldn't be as big a deal as I thought it would. Now, after reading so many posts I'm scared to death! I'm sick of the pain and inability to do the things I used to do but now I just don't know. I mean, I'm sure I will buck up and have it done but how do I deal with the fear of all the post op pain?
ALIF April 2011 but it turns out I broke before it barely fused.
L4-L5 posterior fusion December 2013