At my post op visit for C5-7 fusion, my Neurosurgeon released me and said that I was fusing just fine. At that point I brought up the lumbar problems that I'm still dealing with. He immediatly said their is nothing more he can do, although I have a hearniated disc at L2-3 He said that my pain problems were not being generated at this level. He said that all my problems are being caused by scar tissue being wrapped around nerves, and that there is nothing he can do to help this.
So it seems that by going the conservative route with my prior lumbar surgeries has now caused me to have to live in constant pain. I thought with my understanding of the situation that if the conservative methods failed I would still have fusion surgery to fall back on. Now he doesn't want to touch my lumbar again because he feels the scar tissue will just return and no long term relief will happen.
And so the question is still where do I go from here?
I also have a total shoulder replacement that is going to be done as soon as I'm 1 year out from my fusion. My Orthopaedic surgeon doesn't want to to the shoulder replacement until my Cervical fusion is solid, which he considers at least one year out.
Any suggestions? It seems that each question I have brings on a beavy of new ones that need to be answered. I want to be able to live a not pain free, but less painfull life.