Hello to the forum.
My post is regarding three issues with my spine: degenerative disc of the S4 and S5, which leads to spondyliosis; scoliosis, and a small fracture in my back. I am quite active, playing tennis, walking, working, and up to last year, I was running two times a week. I also coach tennis. Last year, I ran for a ball down, and something seized me in my right lower spine, and penetrated the pain down my leg. At that point, I wasn't working out very much due to work and coaching, plus I lacked keeping my core strong. and I had to reduce my exercise. I continued working which required me to walk quite a bit and some sitting. Sitting became very awkward, and it was intense if I drove the car. I sought three different PT's, had a back x-ray, an MRI, which brought me to see a neurosurgeon. I had two epidurals within six weeks, both did not take effect and give me relief. The neuro told me after the third epidural he would do spine fusion of the S4 and S5 lumber. I am seeking a second opinion on Tuesday, the 15th, outside the area at a teaching institution/hospital. My question to that person is will I be better off in rehabilitation if I have the surgery now (I am almost 58) or can I wait for one more year, or what is my next step. I am in good health, but the pain is becoming more problematic, and it is interfering with my work and my life.
Thank you for allowing me to post my situation.