I have been posting (and reading) for about a year, and after having been through months of steroid shots, physical therapy, and various pain meds, and having been refused surgery by 2 neuro's, I finally found a Dr. who will do my L5-S1 fusion (ALIF/PLF) in 4 days.
I have read a couple of success stories but just made the mistake of reading several posts describing the post surgical pain, and have to admit, I am worried about that! I take care of my elderly parents and live with them (both are pretty good- Dad is going to be my primary care-taker- he is 91 but still does a lot!) My boyfriend died in Feb. , the rest of my family lives out of state, and my daughter is in pre-med, so I am hoping I can make it through those first few weeks.
I would love to hear some encouraging success stories. I have my list that I got off the site for surgery and feel confident that I have covered all the bases.
I am hopeful that the surgery will help most of my leg pain- it sometimes gets so bad that I can't put any weight on that leg, and can only lay in bed on my side and hope to fall asleep.