I have read the forum for awhile. Doing research. I have an Open TLIF fusion with hardware in 3 days.
cliff notes from mri were severe stenosis L1-S!. mild scoliosis lumbar. sever DDD with worst at L2-L3.
I have tried conservative treatment since 17. I'm now almost 37 and its so bad i can not work. i must try something.
I am blessed with a large family and a great job. i just really want to get back to them both full time.
tried chiropractic, physical therapy, stretching, si injections, facet injections, epidurals, and nerve burns.
im up to 40 mg opana and 45mg morphine daily. no relief. can hardly dress myself most days. this from a 6 foot 5 250 pound man that would like to think he never needs help.its humbling. the chronic pain has beaten me down over the last almost 20 years.its been way worse since may of 2013. just looking for support and understanding. non- chronic pain sufferers have no idea. my neuro is supposed to be one of the best in the states..