Ok..so I had a follow up appointment with the spine doctor this morning. After 3 epidurals, which I now believe to be finaly working ;..I am at a crossroad, well at least a psychological one. I defiantely have pain relief, but I still have considerable weakness in my lef leg and foot. I still have pain in my hip and down my left leg to knee and pain...pain is livable...I am not complaining. When I asked what my prognosis was,I was informed that due to the level of stenosis and the number of nerves involved, physical therapy will not help. I learned today that I have chronic nerve damage as well as accute. Dr told me that my only choice is epidurals and a laminectomy at L3...my question is this: Is it going to be worth the risk to have surgery with the nerves being as damaged as they are. She said the only way to release the pressure...my spinal canal is really tiny at L3....is with surgery. I have read and read and read posts in here and I am beginning to think I am diagnosing myself and thinking I know too much! I would like to wait on the surgery as long as possible but also dont want to do more damage to the nerves....anyone have an oppinion here. I have have quite a bit going on at different levels, but this seems to be the level causing debilitating pain. Any input is greatly appreciated. Also, she said that the surgery is highly successful..takes about an hour with one night stay hospital...I am a single mom of 2 little one...2 and 7...is this even possible?
3 level fusion L3-S1 July 23, 2012