Good evening everyone- I really need some input!
I have had lower back pain for years- haven't been able to sit for about three months now. I have been diagnosed with DDD, annual tear, and bulging discs. My NS and I decided to go ahead with lumbar fusion surgery. He scheduled me for three weeks of physical therapy in order to satisfy the insurance requirement that all conservative means of treatment have been exhausted.
After two PT appointments I am now able to sit pain free (for the most part). It was the weirdest thing- after the first session, sciatica and worsening of pain resulted, but after a day, this cleared up and the sitting issue started getting better for the first time in a while.
I have been prepared for surgery and have all preparations in place (off of work, short term disability granted, etc.).
Should I go ahead with it? In your experience, does PT improvement last? I am so amazed at being able to sit virtually pain free that I am now thinking that all can be resolved with PT. Is this possible?
3/11/13 successful ACDF
7/13 inconclusive discogram
Currently in PT for lumbar pain