I am a 42 year old male and I've had degenerative spine disease with intermittent pain, numbness, tingling in left leg and lower back pain for 10-15 years. I have had PT, injections, etc with not a lot of benefit. The pain and numbness has gotten worse in the past year and my neurosurgeon and I agreed on doing an L4-S1 2 level spinal fusion & fixation w/ instrumentation including hip graft and laminectomy for severe disc bulge and severe narrowing of the neural forimina. My surgery is getting close (7 weeks from now) and I'm beginning to get a little anxious about the whole thing. Hopefully someone out there is having or has had the same surgical procedure and can give some insight on what to expect from pre-surgery through post-op and rehab.I guess this is a relatively major surgery with a lot of pain and recovery time. I am also going to be on 6 weeks of medical leave from my job to start with.
I've also held off on using any major pain meds during my entire history of back problems except for tramadol for the last 7 years for the back pain and some other arthritic areas of my body. Sometimes its getting so bad at night I cant sleep and standing for more than 20 minutes is difficult. If I wish to ask for something stronger for the increasing pain, whom do I ask, my family doctor or my neurosurgeon? Im kind of confused as far as who is in charge of my condition.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can answer my question and share any experiences or discuss their upcoming or completed procedures as well. I'd like to know what to expect from beginning to end. Cheers