I haven't been on here much lately but here is my story.
I have been having severe back pain for the past 6-7 years. Within the past year or so I finally decided it was time to get it checked out. Turns out I have DDD in my lumbar with herniation at L5/S1, and a couple bulging discs at l4/5 and l3/4. I had a laminectomy and discectomy on L5/S1 in May of 2010 and then a revision surgery for the same level in Jan of 2011. My back still hurts like heck. They send me for another MRI and it shows severe narrowing of the disc space with granulation tissue and edema in the bones. My family doc recommends PT. I went to see another well known back surgeon (NS) up in Albany, NY and he recommends facet block injections. I feel like I am going backwards instead of them just getting the obvious over with. They claim my back will fuse itself but they say that normally happens in patients that are 60-70 years old. I am only 36. Any of you think the facet block injections is just so this doc can stick it to my insurance company before recommending fusion surgery? I cannot even begin to tell you how frustrated I am and how fed up I am with this pain and I really am starting to feel like they just want me to live with the pain and to quit bothering them with Dr appointments complaining about the pain. I feel very alone with this. I have a wife that is very unsuportive of my decisions as she thinks I am just lying about the pain in my back. FRUSTRATION !!!!