After about 10 years of off & on pain in my lumbar spine, a spinal specialist has diagnosed me with degenerative disc disease and recommended fusion of L4/L5.
I'd like to avoid surgery and have done loads of things over the years to improve the health of my spine (physio therapy, cortisone injections, maintain a healthy weight, I practice and teach yoga, use an inversion table when the pain requires it). To give you a better picture of my situation: I can walk but I can't run (due to pain), sitting for more than 10 or 15 minutes in the same position is impossible, I can work in the garden & do household stuff (mopping, vacuuming, etc) but then have to lie down for an hour and take anti-inflammatories until the pain subsides. Most postures in yoga are okay but I avoid extreme backbends and positions that aggravate the pain. There is not one day that goes by when I am not reminded of my back and the pain.
I'm just starting my research into this and was wondering if there are folks out there who have had this done and what results you have experienced? Thanks in advance for the feedback!