In Pain and Opting for Surgery
I just joined this forum and feel support from hearing from other spine sufferers.I have been in pain on and off for 6 yrs. The first steroid epidural lasted 6 months, the second for 2 yrs in 2006. Then I was OK with occasional pain. Last year in August 2011, I had another epidural and lasted until May of this year when I had another one. This time it only lasted 3 weeks. My back pain is relentless and the sciatica has the pain going down my left leg to my foot. I have numbness and tingling in both feet plus Fibromyalgia and other health problems. I have 2 bulging disks, L4-L5, L5-S1. The MRI showed some disks were dessicated. I have spinal stenosis with spondylolisthesis with degenerative disk disease. I have decided to see a neurosurgeon, not an orthopedic surgeon as advised by 2 doctors, one my own cousin. I have found the perfect pain cocktail: 1200mg of gabapentin with 1/2 tablet of percoset. I am 61 yrs of age.I know several friends and one cousin who have had surgery with fusion with a neurosurgeon and are doing fine. One acquaintance is having a second surgery after his 15 years of no pain. I am very hopeful that a surgery will stop my pain, In the morning the back pain is better and at night it gets worse. When I lie down I have to take pain meds and an Ambien sometimes to get to sleep when it's 2am and I'm still in pain. A chiropractor I went to one time wanted me to try VAX-D where they stretch your spine gradually, but it is a temporary fix and requires many visits with no guarantee. If anyone has had this kind of pain, please answer me. Thank you and may God bless us all!
Laminectomy L3-L4, L4-L5, no fusion