I have spent quite a bit of time reading posts and FAQ's and looking at other information on the site. Everyone here is so helpful.
MRI showed bulging discs at L3-L4 and L5-S1, DDD, and stenosis. Discogram indicated L5-S1 disc was causing the pain and that I had a annular tear and the contrast leaked into the epidural space.
The discogram was by far the most painful experience I have ever had, but it gave the surgeon the information he needed to go ahead with surgery.
PLIF surgery scheduled for next Tuesday and I am completely terrified. I watched a PLIF video on youtube that seemed very brutal. I know it is major surgery and I have a long road still ahead. I have looked over the very comprehensive list that someone put together of items that I might need. It was extremely helpful. I just worry that I won't be able to return to my supervisor position at a manufacturing plant.
Will I be able to go back to normal activity or will I always need to watch what I do? My doctor said that there is a chance that the surgery may not fix the pain completely. I can live with the mild to moderate back pain it is the sciatic pain that I cannot tolerate. The opioid pain medication doesn't touch the pain and I am worried that after surgery the pain medicine will not help.
Any suggestions or encouragement would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!