This is my first post. I have had two herniated discs. I had a discectomy in 2011. A laminotomyin December 2012. My back pain has changed but not lessened.
I still have major back pain and my leg pain comes and goes. My tail bone hurts most of the time. The last my neuro surgeon told me the only thing he would do next is a double fusion of l4-l5 and l5-s1.
To my question:
I don't want to do a fusion. I'm always in pain, from mild to major. I saw my first pm doc almost a month ago. He went think about prescribing anything until after a month. He gave me a urine test (I will be clean). Then he is making me do therapy. I'm doing it and it isn't helping.
What is typically done? What do I expect? He told me he doesn't like to prescribe meds. He said my options would be meds, fusion, or an electric stimulator. What does a doc start with first? Is the stimulator invasive? I guess I'm worried I'll come out of there with something prescribed that won't fit my needs.
I've been on pain killers before and they worked fine. I wasn't addicted(nor do I want to be), but it just seems the easiest. Am I wrong?
What can expect from a pm? .I'm just concerned I won't get what I need. Am I worrying for nothing? Should this even be my next step?