Hello Everyone!! I am new to this forum but I need some advice. I had a Microdiscectomy in November 2012. My doctor recommended that I get an L5-S1 fusion and Coflex the 2 above. I chose not to do that because I am only 33 years and I am an Officer in the U.S.Army and I am worried this can effect my career. After the Microdiscectomy sugery I felt better and began working out and jogging again in February 2013. I passed my APFT in April 2013 and really felt better. Then in May I went for a 5 mile jog and really starting feeling pain, soreness and tightness, after a few weeks I went back to my doctor and he said to me that I need a fusion and this type of stuff will happen the rest of your live because I have no stability. My discs in L5-S1 are degenerated and the 2 above it are pretty bad as well. The Discectomy was done to relieve a severe herniation that was entangled in my neve causing leg and but pain as well as numbness in my foot. I have a friend who is also a Nurosergon but lives in Miami but she says NO FUSION!!!! I'm too young and that my doctor is just being aggressive. My back always hurts, I cannot play with my 3 year old, I'm going white water rafting and I am nervous. I have an appointment with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida for a 3rd opinion.
My question.....Will I have a good quality of life with an L5-S1 Fusion? Will I be restricted with working out, playing and rolling around with my kids etc. Can I maintain my level of fitness by the Army standerds with this procedure!!! I am so scared and I don't know what to do!!!! any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!!