I am an active grandmother who will be 70 next month.
Back in February I did an initial appointment with the spine center at a nearby university. My leg and buttock pain had gotten lots worse in December after 2 epidurals failed to help. Epidurals have fairly well managed my pain for the last 3 years.
Since that time I have done everything on their list: ice, pt, water exercise, new MRI and am taking 1800 Mg of gabapentin a day. Everything helps but I still have annoying to severe pain.
A resident called me to say the "diagnostic committee" had reviewed my MRI results. I had thought I had stenosis and would need a lamenectomy. Wrong. He said the potential surgery would likely include a multilevel fusion etc etc.
My appointment is with the surgeon of my choice after research. I am inclined to go ahead and schedule surgery sometime this summer. I have read many reasons not to have this surgery. But I am in the education phase of preparation. I doubt waiting longer would help and I don't want to wait six months and still be in pain and get desperate to have surgery in the winter when I would not be able to walk outdoors.
I would love to have thoughts and support from this forum even though I expect most of you are lots younger than I am. Thanks