Hello! First time writing to forum. Have been reading for awhile. Scheduled to have double fusion surgery (L3-L4 & L4-L5) on April 6th. Also, removing a cyst (L3-L4) and "cleaning" L4-L5 because of severe stenosis. Have been having nerve pain since June 2011. Have been through P.T. two chiropractors, decompression, and three series' of epidurals and steroid injections. This has become worse as time goes by. Now pain not only in lower back, but in hips, buttocks, and down back of both legs. I'm sure everyone here has heard this before.
I have been very active all my life. I'm 61, in good overall health. Do not smoke, no diabetes. Not over weight. I'm just so tired of living with this pain every time I walk, stand, or try to hold my grandchild. I hope someone out there can give me encouragement that better days are ahead. I have been to 4 doctors, all say I need surgery. I will have a orthopedic surgeon, with a neurosurgeon assisting. I have great confidence in both of my surgeons. Neurosurgeon told me I should expect immediate relief from my nerve pain, but will be several weeks for surgery recovery. Thanks to all of you for any thoughts or experiences you might want to share.