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Went all the way disc replacement and fusion L4-L5 after 11 years
I have been suffering with terrible back pain since 2002. In 2004 it was too the point that I had to have a Laminectomy asthe pain was just too intense, and the meds, and treatmemts I was being offered were not helping at all. This surgery for me was a complete faiure. I went 8 years scared to death of another surgery and pretty much felt my life was over. My entireleft leg and foot, went numb because the disc L5 just degenerated completely and the disc not only was right on top of another disc, my sciatic nerve ran right ontop of the disc that collasped. This pain was the worse pain I have ever in my life X's ten. I went in for an 8 hour disc replacement, fusion, titanim, screws and rods. The recovery was just incredbly hard and just much more thsn I expected. Understand when I was told I needed an 8 hour disc replscement and fusion believe I knew pain was all I would be experiencing but this was like WOW. Then coming home and healing was something I didnt realize would hut so bad I would be bed ritten for momths. I have had a discetomy, as well cut front and back,and just torn inside out. As time eventually went on there were some things I realized the fusion did help. But after going throughall this there is still something terribly painful. I was in car accident two months after the surgery and the new MRI;s show all sorts of issues that were not there. I am in so much pain I am not sure what to do. The doctor wants tp go back in and try to fix some of the new issues caused by the accident. I am sick to the stomach even thinking about another back surgery makes me cring. I have DDD in my cervical spine as well so a fusion in my neck is inevitable, especailly since the accident. The MRI shows neck injury and a torn disc. I am at loss for words amd hoenstly dont know what to do. Are there any thoughts out there that may have somne experience in a similar situation? I am so confused...continue to get cut or suffer forever....mmm? nice choices huh?