I was just given a diagnosis after 2 years of pain and doctors visits. Only after the discograph could they find the problem and only until recently could they see my problem on x-ray. I went to meet my surgeon on Tuesday (yesterday) and he took x-rays and they told my whole story.
Basically I have no disc at L-5, S-1 and my disc at L-5, L-4 is only 1/3 of the normal size. I have been in significant pain for 2 yrs but in the last 2 months the pain has increased exponentially. I am on Narco 10/325 2 tabs 3 times a day and one hydromorphone 2mg at bedtime plus I am on ambien and I take melatonin just to sleep. I cant sit in one position for more than 5 minutes. I wake up at least 15 times a night. I hope and pray that the surgery will give me some type of relief. The surgeon said I will get my 2 discs taken out and replaced with a protein that causes bone growth and my spine will be supported with a rod.
What are the chances I will feel semi-normal again. I am 1 step from the breaking point and if I have to go through this much longer I will take drastic measures.