I've been lurking for months here and have gleaned some very solid wisdom.
I'm 50 and worked for 20 yrs as an ER RN, now I manage group homes. I'm also involved in pit bull rescue and am one of the mods at a pit bull forum.
I've been dealing with several compressed nerves, L3,L4,L5 with massive Rt hip and leg pain. Recently had a series of 3 ESI without relief. Since I've had a laminectomy in 2003, my PM suggested a scs, if the surgeon felt this would not benefit by surgery.
I've known this surgeon for a while and know he often discourages surgery, but he said if I was his wife, he'd do a fusion with rods/screws due to moderate/severe scoliosis.
meds: trazadone at night, steroids 60 mg, and norco.
SOooo, that's me in a nutshell.