I posted this in the new member forum but have gotten no response so I thought I would repost here.
I have suffered with unrelenting back pain in lower back, rear end thighs and now in my foot.
MRI showed severe facet disease, a bulging disc and 2 synovial cysts causing mass effect. The cysts are compressing the nerves coming out of the tail bone which was termed Cauda Equine Syndrome. I had trouble urinating for a month until the pain management Dr. Injected cortisone in the area which reduced the inflammation.
I have had multiple facet injections and a nerve ablation on 4 nerves. The pain Dr. Insisted my issues were with the nerves pinched by the facets. I felt it was the cysts. I finally went to a well known ortho Dr. In my area who was very alarmed at the size of the cysts and said I needed surgery immediately.
Due to instability of the spine (Spondolythyisis) I will be getting a Plif, facetectomy, disc reduction and of course this will be using hardware. He will use titanium.
I am petrified and worried that I will have issues. I am trying to remain positive and I have complete faith in my Dr. But after reading so many stories of people who have had a very tough road I am even more scared.
Has anyone had the same issues and has a positive experience they can share? I am also wondering what to expect during my hospital stay.
One last question, I have two wedding invitations 5 weeks post surgery. I don't feel I will be ready to travel but my husband who had a laminectomy 2 years ago says I should be fine!
Synovial cysts L-5 causing mass effect 5mm and 7 mm in size
Severe lumbar facet disease