I've tried all other avenues of treatment aside from rhizotomy, so I decided after the epidurals and facet injections didn't work I opted for a surgery consult. My spine specialist decided to conduct a discogram before my consult though so that we'd have all the diagnostics needed. L3-L4, I rated at 8.5, L4-L5 left me screaming, and going back to L3-L4 did nothing (because the pain at 4-5 was so extreme) it's been decided that I get both levels fused. I was told it would be a 4-5hr procedure with a 3-6 month recovery.
The surgeon is sending me to a a psychologist first though to see if I can mentally handle the surgery. Is this a normal occurence?
Also, if anyone could offer some advice it would be appreciated.