My pain started in 2008, all of a sudden out of know where my back was hurting constantly on a daily basis. In 2008 I was 21, years old working a desk job, so I wasnt sure how or what caused my pain to have such horrific and excrusiating pains. I started with a chiropractor, which ordered the mri's after I insisted because the pain wasnt getting better, Then i was told I have buldging disc and annular tear in L-4 -L5 and S-1 and then on to physical therapy for about 3-4 constant years (because I wanted to make sure I did everything I can to stay out of surgery). After 2 years in 2010 of that not working I was sent to pain management because the pain was so unbearable and nothing was helping me, and for 6 months I was given several different pain narcatoics which just made me sleepy and sluggish , not to mention it did nothing for my constant back pain.I then tried epidurals that were injected into my spine 2 times and did not help, and I tried facet block injections as well, At the same time that my back pain, was going on, I was also getting really bad cervical neck pain and constant headaches and migranes everyday for the last 4 years, my health was getting worse and worse. I was trying Acupuncutre which didnt work, and I also started getting massage therapy which helps the most. In 2011 I was considering surgery because nothing was helpping, At that point I was getting worse and in constant pain in a daily basis. the pain felt like stabbing and pins and needles through out my whole back especially in my neck and lumbar area. I started getting sciata and numbing and tinglings in my toes as well. The surgeon wanted to get some new mri's which I was told i have a bulding disc in my C-6(other not so great news) which is explains my headaches and neckpains. In 2012 (currently) The surgeon I saw ordered a discogram to find the problematic disc, thats causing the severe pain. I was told after the results that i need a 2 level fusion L-4-L5 AND L-5-S-1. The doctor did say Artifical disc replacement is superior to a fusion but, that fusion are proven to be just as good or even better, due to the Artifical disc replacment is current not approved by the FDA. so the insurance companies dont cover that, only fusion surgerys. At this point my next and final step to this journey is to decide what Im going to do, I have and appointment on 9/5/2012 with Dr. EDITED which is one of the top Spine Surgeon in Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, Ca (He is the one recommending this surgery), at the appointment I will decide on a surgery date. Im very scared because im only 26 years old. Im at the end of my road, Im depressed all the time and its because of the pain and me being unable to function in life, or live a life for that matter. I know Im young but I think Im going to go through with this, especially since my insurance will cover it, and wont cover the other surgery.
I also heard of this laser spine procedures, that are less invasive surgery, Has anyone heard of that?
Any suggestions or advice would greatly be appreciated.I could definitly use some
Post edited to remove name of medical professional and or facility. by The Spine-Health Moderator Team