I'm going to make this as "Readers Digest" version as possible. I am a Paramedic and have been working in EMS since 1999. September of 2010 I injured my back moving at 400+lb pt. It caused a broad based disc bulge at L5-S1 with a muscle strain. Pain meds, chiro care, care and I was back to the ambulance in a month and a half. In March I was unloading my fully weighted gurney when the safety catch failed and it all fell out with me still holding onto it. Went back to dr and they said same thing. Just aggravated last condition. I got a lawyer and a new dr. It's been 6 1/2 months and new doc calls with new MRI results and tells me that I "significantly herniated L5-S1". He also told me in the office that the x-rays showed Spondylolisthesis. Hopefully I spelled that right. Ive been on Ultram, Lortab, zanaflex, flexoril, and 2 medrol packs. Not to mention two steroid shots and around of TFESI. Dr finally gave me restoril so that I could sleep. He want's me to come into office to talk about surgery options.
Ive heard and read from other people that the microdiscectomy for a herniated disc is pretty simple with a good recovery outcome. But what if he tells me he has to fix the misalignment of L5 S1 also? Does that mean I have to get my lower lumbar fused? Oh, I also have been to physical therapy and have had traction, left crying in pain each time. Any input would help greatly. I want my life back.