Long story short I had a l4-s1 discectomy in 1993 at 17 years of age (bad idea in hindsight) due to back and leg pain. Since then I encountered persistent but tolerable pain until October 2009 when I was admitted to emergency department due to losing all feeling in my left leg and extreme back pain. l4/l5 disc exploded, and emergency laminectomy done. After this surgery my pain was terrible, 7 out of 10 most of the time and tried all kinds of injections and therapies with no success or respite.
So in July 2012 I had an l4/l5 ALIF done. Unfortunately since this surgery my pain is even worse, something I thought was almost impossible. Subsequent scans show surgery successful as far as healing and bone growth etc, but my l3/l4 is now crumbling under the additional stress. I have had l3-s1 degeneration for many years but now it has gotten to the point of unbearable. Basically cannot sit, stand or walk for longer than a couple of minutes. I rehab as vigorously as possible, and am in good health in general. Unfortunately I live on painkillers.
Now I am having an l3/l4 disc replacement done 23 May 2013 and was wondering and hoping whether any other people out there had had similar experiences, hopefully with a happy ending. I do not expect miracles, just a semblance of a life. I have a beautiful 6 month old daughter and gorgeous wife and would like to enjoy my life with them.