Let me start by giving a little background, when I was 15yo I fractured my spine L5-S1, spent three months in a brace with intense PT and got back to ballet training and performing. Since then it has been seven years and the back pain is only getting worse, to the point that I only move when I have to (i.e work) with lots of Norco involved. I've had numerous facet injections, SNRB injections, and a rhizotomy with no success. My recent MRI has shown that the fractures are not healed and due to constant stress on the joint and severe osteoarthritis (they told me I have the spine health of a 60yo) plus annular bulging L1-L2 through L4-L5 and the complete degeneration of L5-S1 disc with hemisacrilization and formation of edema with fluid built up inside the fracture itself. The last resort for me now would be to fuse L5-S1 in hopes that once I'm healed from surgery completely I will have an improved quality of life and fix not only the cause of the pain but future compications of spondylolithesis; however, since I am only 22yo, I am naturally very hesitant to have surgery on my spine.
Can anyone help me out with a little advice??
Any info would help incuding how long recovery was, after all my job as a dance teacher is dependant on me.
Please and thank you!!