L4 and L5 bone on bone, callus forming.
here is a pic from an MRI i had a few months ago. Mine is on the left:http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1ow2mg&s=6
Pain is centralized at my lower back only. I have had epidural shots, that have not helped. the last one i had made me worse. I have tried PT, Chiro, Elec Stim, massage Therapy with very limited success.
I'm 41, weight 185. Been into weight lifting for 20 years. I have cut back on the weight I lift significantly. I'm tired of living in pain and not being able to do the things I used to do. If I am going to opt for surgery, I should do it now while im still young and can recovery quicker.
I saw a Ortho who specialized in Disk Replacement. I live on LI, NY. the doctor I saw was:Doctor's name deleted. Forum rules prohibit specifying doctors names or medical locations
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From what I have read, spinal fusion is old school and not always successful. They also go in through the back which equates to longer recovery time; whereas disk replacement, they go in through the front. I have also read into Microdiscectom, which doesn't appear to be for me since my pain does NOT run down my legs and I do not have much of a disk to repair.
I'd love to hear all opinions but would truly value those who have had my exact issue (low back L4/L5 bone on bone with pain isolated to that area only) and how they handled it.
I should also state that I am looking for more than just pain relief. I am looking to get back into sports and competitive weight lifting.
After speaking with the doc it seems disk replacement is the way to go, but still looking to get a 2nd opinion.