Hello, I am Peggy. I am 56 years old. When I was 29, I had a chymopapain injection into my L5/S1 disc. My disc was bulging and this enzyme was supposed to reduce the size of the nucleus. It did that and more. The disc was almost flattened. After 4 months the sciatica was gone and I returned to work as an ICU nurse.
35 years later I had spondylolethesis at L5 and L4. I was sick of not being able to go for long walks, cook a meal, get ready for work without stopping to sit and wait for the pain to leave. I saw so my doctors that told me to loose weight and exercise. I lost weight and excercised and it didn't help. Finally, I found a doctor that really listened to me. I had a spine x-ray standing up. Now I had a real diagnosis. This past year I had physical therapy 3 times, an epidural, and nerve blocks. These interventions did help temporarily. In April my doctor said, “It is time to talk about more pain medication or surgery”. I opted for surgery. I wanted to walk without pain. I had L4/S1, posterior laminectomy with fusion and instrumentation on May 24th.
This board has been a blessing. I learned so much and have felt less lonely knowing that there are people who understand. Thank you for reading my lengthy introduction.