I am new to this board posting stuff, but I can relate to a lot of it. I am 39, and had a skiing accident when I was a teenager. The pain would come and go over the years, but was never over say a 5 on a scale of 1-10. It would flare up, and go away, and I did see a sports injury doctor and he prescribed muscle relaxers and stretches which I did for a while, but as a good teenager, I stopped when the pain stopped. In the past 2 years the pain reversed. Instead of coming some times, now it always hurts and goes away every once and a great while. If I don’t move, it calms down, but even every day moving keeps the pain at around a 5, and if I do too much, it goes up to a 8-10.
In the past 5 years I have done chiropractors, FSM “Frequency Specific Micro-current”, injections, stretching, medications, traction, hot / cold compresses, and I just started PT. I’m afraid this will not work either as I’ve done so many things with no results.
I had an MRI in 2009 and it revealed 2 bulging disks; L5-S1, and disk degeneration. I am seeing an orthopedic surgeon and he referred me to a pain management dr, and the PT which I am doing. I am frustrated to say the least, because I spend countless dollars and time, but nothing works for this. In addition, the orthopedic surgeon says surgery will not help this.
The question I have is would a fusion help situations where the disks are not budging to the point a discectomy is recommend-when a laundry list of treatments have failed.
Left foramina stenosis of L3/L4 (retrolisthesis)
L2-ilaic revision fusion ( loose screws) with a laminectomy at L3 (cage at L3-L4)
(PLIF) -@ L4/ L/5 - S1 (cage at L4/L5)