I can't believe it but my surgery date is just around the corner: 4/30.
After much consideration, research, reading I decided to go the Neuro route. PLIF L5 S1.
I must honestly say the most of my pain IS my back. The lower back right in the middle. I also have some pain in my right hip and right leg. My right foot does get numb and "goes to sleep". When I move/bend my pelvis I get severe pain that radiates from my back, around my right hip and down the outside of my right leg.
So wil.l surgery on Monday fix this? I am beginning to doubt it. Especially after reading some "success stories". I am beginning to think that I will be in more pain long term after the surgery than I am in now.
But, I can't live life in bed forever on pain pills and watch life pass me by out the window.
So...Monday is the day. FUSION day L5 S1 PLIF.
I'm 40...I guess I'm still young enough to pull through this. I'm going to give it everything I got. I got through a double mastectomy so this should be easy. However, with the mastectomy the pain ended and I was just as good as before in good time. Will that be the same ending with this surgery? Oh, goodness I hope and pray that it is so.
I've been living on pain medication for the past 3 months I don't know if I will know how to handle life without the pills. I'm going to give it my best to not have strong pain medication after the surgery. That way I don't mask the pain or the issue and I can hopefully watch my recovery get better day by day.
Maybe I'll hang around this site for awhile and through the surgery. I may need some positive motivators to help me get through this.
Thanks fellow back pain suffers for your input and all the information. It IS greatly appreciated.