So I got my third opinion today by a renowned neuro/ortho surgeon who comes highly recommended. He has scheduled me for a 2 level fusion/decompression on June 12, 2013. I am scared to death. He said I really need 4-5 levels fused but that would make it too hard for me to function since its my lumbar spine. He will be fusing L2-4. On top of the bulging discs I also have compression fractures in 3 vertebrae from a fall I had over a year ago down some stairs. I didn't know I had broken my back again! (1st time in same vertebrae when I fell as a child in gymnastics). I am feeling scared, defeated, and he can't even guarantee it will help my pain! He said I have the spine of an 85 year old woman. I'm only 37. The fusion should help to slow the degenerative process he thinks and keep me functional longer, otherwise I'll be a cripple in a wheelchair by the time I'm 50. I'm having a very hard time processing this. I had no idea it was this bad. Any words of advice? Suggestions? Words of encouragement? I need help!
Severe DDD in S1-T12. 5 disc herniations. 5 compression fractures. Had a 2 level lumbar fusion/decompression on June 12, 2013. L4-5 foraminotomy on Jan 8, 2014, Right SI fusion in Oct 2014. Scheduled for L4-5 fusion to existing fusion on Sept 28, 2015