Hello everyone. My name is Russ and I am from the Northeast Alabama area. I have been coming to this site for quite some time now but have just recently (yesterday) joined.
I spent close to 20 years as a trucker with most of that time spent over the road. My neurosurgeon tells me that my treads wearing thin. He also told me that I need a 2 level fusion (lumbar) from all the damage that's been done. I'm only 43 and not in the best of health but not sure that I am ready for surgery. I have all the classics: DDD, 2 big herniations, spinal stenosis, facet arthrosis, spurs etc... I had 9 epidural injections within 12 months last year (6 of them within a 5 month period) with only about 2 weeks worth of relief. Went to PT and felt like I was being ripped in half on the decompression table (doc thinks I have a tear).
Needless to say I don't drive trucks anymore. I also ripped my right quad from the bone back in 2009 and couldn't walk at all for 12 weeks and couldn't walk unassisted (walker, crutches & cane) for close to 4 months and still have a difficult time climbing stairs so climbing in and out of a truck all day isn't an option.
I do have a nice desk job now and have taken up photography as a serious but expensive hobby. I would love to do it more but the pain and lack of energy from the meds keeps me home most of the time when I am not at work.
Well enough rambling, it's nice to be here and to know that I am not alone in all this; to know that there are many others who have experienced and are experiencing what I have is a comfort.
5 MRIs since 2010 | Severe DDD throughout entire Lumbar Region | Facet Arthrosis throughout | Spinal Canal Stenosis | Herniation L4/L5 | Broad - Based Bulging L1/L2, L2/3, L3/L4 - but still kicking - just not very high.