This may sound like a dumb post, but I am not sure where else to go. Let me start with a little of my backstory...
Extreme low back pain began during my pregnancy and got so bad that I had an amnio at 36 weeks to see if I could deliver my son early. His FLM was positive, so we went ahead and delivered at 35w2d due to my extreme back pain via c-section.(not to mention I had been on percocet for the last month or so of my pregnancy for the pain... tried PT early in the pregnancy and it helped none...)
Fast foward to 4 months after baby - I had been having mild pain in my lower back since he was born, but figured I just needed time for my spine to get use to "normal" instead of carrying the baby around. I went to chiropracter and didn't get relief. Went to my Dr and began muscle relaxers and NSAIDS. Still no relief. Tried a different chiropracter. This time, I'd get a little relief, but only for hours. Dr changes my muscle relaxer and adds Lyrica - also orders lumbar x-ray series which was ruled "insignificant". Dr. ordered MRI and found 3 herniated disks, DDD, sponylolysis of L5, large disk protrusion at L4/5 heavily pressing on thecal sac - measured 1.2 cm.
I met with the spine surgeon this past Thursday. He said that he hardly every talks surgery with a patient on the first visit, but that "a blind man standing across the street could look at your MRI and tell you need surgery". (trying to get a photo of MRI put as my profile...) He did offer to give me some names for 2nd opinions and a good bit of information on the procedures that he believed I needed done. (laminectomy, diskestomy of L4/5 - posterior approach) I did ask about epidural steroid injections, which he said no problem, he could do it or arrange for the Dr. of my choice to do it. I have yet to schedule this as I am waiting for my insurance company to let me know about costs...
I guess my real question is - should I even seek a 2nd opinion? My husband wants me to exhaust all other avenues before considering surgery, but I'm only 27 - and in constant 6-7 level pain, with frequent spikes to 8-9 level pain. Even if the epidural steroid injections help with the pain, there's still going to be this degenerative process going on in my low back. Should I just suck it up and have the diskectomy? The Dr. warned me that even if I have this surgery now, that there's a good chance that I will need another one later on due to the DDD. He stated that he would leave what he could of my L4/5 disk ("Not that there's a whole hell of a lot left of it" - his words).
I know that me being overweight puts more stress on my back, but I can't even walk a half a block. Typical catch-222.
Any insight, advice - ANYTHING would be helpful right about nnow. I'm lost and no one around me understands the pain that I live with constantly.