I have always had back pain off and on for as long as i can remember. It just get worse as I get older. I was diaganosed with Spondylothesis on the L5-S1. He said this is something I have had for a very long time and I have been in pain for a long time. We have tried the physical therapy no luck, done the MRI and on Monday I will go back to see the dr. to see if he thinks the shots will work or if I just go to surgery. When I went and saw him 2 weeks ago, he said this is as bad as it gets and told me that he would do the Anterior Lumbar Fusion and told me a few things about it, but wanted me to do the MRI to see if the shots would work. He said that it would only bide me some time.
My question is, how do you know you are ready for surgery? I can't say I am in terrible pain all the time, it is hard for me to get comfortable in bed and sometimes don't sleep well, I can't stand for a long period of time, and I do have some weekness in my legs, and the hamstrings on the back of my leg get really tight. So tight sometimes that when I lie in bed I can't straighten my leg out it hurts too bad. But pain seems to come and go. I have good days and bad. But when it does flare up it it hurts! I have flare ups about every other month or so.
So when did you know you were ready?