Quick background, I've had 5 previous surgeries either for microdisc or straight laminectomies and one cyst removal. This has been ongoing for 5 years and I've been seeing the same neuro for a year and a half. Anyway recently my symptoms have returned to include, sciatica in both legs, numb left foot, back burns and I have a hard time sitting or standing longer than a half hour, or laying down. Anyway my MRI came back with 2 large protrusions (L4/L5, L5/S1), a pars defect, moderate foraminal narrowing and severe stenosis. My surgeon tells me that I need a fusion but he wants to wait until it's debilitating because of my age (39), that if he did the fusion now, not only would the fusion wear out, but the joint above would also take excess ware. Previous to the back problems I was a triathlete and ran 30+ miles a week, I used to fish, hunt and camp year round. I can no longer enjoy anything that I used to, if this isn't debilitating I don't know what is. I have an appointment with another neurosurgeon coming up to get a second opinion. I was curious if anyone else has experienced this based on their age and if it's common. If there is a procedure that might give me some of my life back I want to try it.
Microdiscectomy/Laminectomy/Foraminalectoy L4/L5/S1 Oct 2009, Mar 2012
Laminectomy L4/L5/S1 Dec 2009, Oct 2012, Dec 2012
Microdiscectomy and Synovial Cyst removal Feb 2013
St Jude Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted January 2014