My name is Bill and I am 46 I have suffered with chronic lower back pain for years since an accident at my place of work when I was 29 years old.
I am a motor mechanic by trade, and I ended up buying the garage we started as fast fit and ended up doing all aspects of mechanical repairs. I was just finishing a tyre stock check when one of the lads asked a question over my right shoulder as I lifted I turned to answer him and in that instant two of my lumbar discs prolapsed...I can only say the pain is vivid in my memory and I thought I had been knifed in my back I fell to the ground....in pain I will never forget
After many tests and scans and one minor surgery called Chemonucleolysis - a disc injection that is supposed to make the herniation fall away....it did not work and has in fact made life much worse.....Since I have managed the pain with Arthrotec and Temgesic medication (morphine) this has varying results and to get things done I overdose - this of late has needed to stop and I have come to a crossroads.
I have opted after finding a new neurosurgeon to have disc fusion on two levels - So here I am, Not sure why but I read this post by accident http://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/there-hope-through-fusion-back-surgery-–-a-lumbar-fusi
and felt compelled to sign up and maybe an account of my experience may help another poor soul in despair as I have been.
The main reason for opting for surgery now, I have a 6 year old son who is full of life and energy and I am desperate to be more active with him....
I lost my business as a result of this accident and I have not had gainful employment since! I have aspirations to be a photographer one day and hope and pray the solution is going to be spinal fusion surgery.
Thanks - Bill