It's my turn to go through back surgery. After nearly a decade of conservative treatment including PT, injections, nerve blocks, chiropractic treatments, the doctors now think that a decompression laminectomy on 3 vertebrae in my lower back should help. I think what turned the thought process was the continued weakening of my legs. Of course there is pain, that has been the once constant in my life over the last 10 years. I know that will continue into the future even if my lower back is %100 fixed. I still have a neck issue. Of course, I don't think the surgery will be a %100 solution to my lower back and related pain. If I can return to a more normal life, that would be nice.
It is interesting reading the accounts of people going through similar challenges. I think some of the good stories don't get posted on this forum as some people when they no longer have a significant issue return to other social circles, sometimes quickly, sometimes just slowly fading away. Some of the ones that faded away return, they have new issues.
During my last trip to the surgeon, I actually followed some of my own advice on preparing for the appointment. I made a list of questions, symptoms, and other concerns. My list even including a drawing of the human body highlighting the type and location of various symptoms. I created the list on my computer and printed it off and brought it with me to my appointment. The doctor spent several minutes reading the list, looking at my MRI, and asking me questions. The doctor and I joked about if my list included everything. That was because I told the doctor, I put everything into the list so I would not forget to mention anything. One of the other challenges with getting older, is one's memory. I think the conclusion on next steps was fairly obvious to me. I have read a lot of the content on this site, read other people's stories, and researched the topic elsewhere on the internet.
Given all of the information that I have gone through, I am comfortable with the decision to proceed with surgery. It was not something that I wanted to do, but I also do not want to loose the ability to walk. Surgery is the lessor of two evils. My surgery is scheduled for early December. Once I get through that drama, I will post something on how it turned out. My hope is that I am feeling fairly well by the time Christmas rolls around.