Hi new to the site,but have read many posts...some encouraging,some not so much:/
Going to try my best to describe my condition going to try bullet points.?.
}have a rare genetic disorder Anhydrodic Ectodermal Dysplasia(hair,skin,teeth), X-linked resesive
}diagnosed digenerative disc disease(osteoarthritis) with 2 buldging discs
}severe stenosis w/severe narrowing of spinal canal
·had months of physical therapy result little help,traction "set me on fire"
·epidural steroid shots~made matters worse
·nerve block~not much help ~feel like bone grinding on bone whenever I shift my weight.?..
·I'm 39yr. Old male
·have had 3 seperate opinios=all say surgery is required,but ultimate decission is mine
~scheduled for surgery next week Dec.27,2012
Wish I could say I wasn't a bit apprehensive,but trueth be told I am starting to be. I'm usually opptomistic,and take life as it comes. After watching videos and reading posts I am getting a bit anxious. Any words of encouragement,and what to expect during recovery would be greatly appriciated. Told i will be in hospital 3-5days after surgery. That is the part that bothers me most as I am very much an independant person,and DO NOT like hospitals.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and appologize for spelling and grammer.
L4,L5,S1 TLIF w/pedicle screws surgery was on12/27/2012