I am new to this forum and looking for some guidance and information. I had a fusion on L4/L5 in 2007 after 3 prior discetomies on the same level over 3 previous year. Over the past year I have been experiencing worsening leg pain and a few incidents with signifigant back pain. I finally got another MRI done recently which showed the L5/S1 disc herniation that was there previously has enlarged. I went to a phsyicatrist and had one epidural injection done. As I have been this route many times in the past, I didn't have much faith in it but I know how the system works with insurance and things so I have played along. The epidural injections only gave me relief for 3 days, and it hurts like crazy the night of it. The psyiatrist got in contact with my prior neurosurgeon to discuss my case and she called me tonite. To be honest I wanted to go see the neurosurgeon from the beginning to talk to, but in the spine center office you have to go first through the psyiatrist. He remembered me!! He said he can discuss option with me, but believes I will need to extend the fusion to S1! Yikes!!
So my question is to all those out there that have had this done or have had a 2 level fusion. Wandering what it's like, recovery time, mobility after..... All those things. Very nervous, but my other fusion went really well and I was expecting so much worse then it actually was. Thanks to you all.