Hello all! I'm new here. Just joined a few minutes ago.
I have been dealing with back pain for 3 years now from a fall. I had disc protrusions as well as annular tears. Well a year after my first MRI and diagnosis I had another MRI to see if anything changed...and well nothing changed. I have been diagnosed with chronic pain disability as well as major depression disorder due to my pain and inability to work now because of my back. I have seen a rheumatologist, and a neurologist. As soon as I saw the Neurologist and upon his examination he has said that I needed back surgery and was referring me to see a Neurosurgeon and was putting me on the urgent list. Well I see the Neurosurgeon this coming week. I saw the Neurologist only 2 months ago. So where I am from getting in to see a Neurosurgeon that fast is amazing!
That all said, I can no longer stand any longer than it takes to cut up a fresh pepper. I don't sleep because of pain and when I do finally get to sleep I wake up numb and tingly from my lower back down my legs. Now this part here may be TMI, but once I almost didn't make it to the bathroom as I started to suddenly urinate. It was a good thing I was real close to my bathroom and another time during a bowel movement I had excruitating pain in my lower back. Those symptoms haven't happened any more then once, but I do constantly feel like I always have to pee. I DO NOT have a UTI either. My dr has been informed of this. I cannot sit for long as it's too much pressure on my back. And then my legs go numb. I can't lay for long so I am constantly moving positions to try to be comfy somehow. My social life sucks cause I can't go far because I am dependent on my heating pad. And again I can't sit long. I can't even get to church often because of pain.
So the Neurologist said I need to have a few discs removed and the fusions done. Ughhh. My sister is a Nurse and is currently studying to become a Nurse Practioner. She has warned me about getting a fusion done. I know this is of a last resort. But I can't take this pain anymore. I'm crying because of pain.
The pain meds I have tried were T3, then codeine, now I'm on percacet but it's not taking the pain away, it takes the edge off of it and not for long. I cannot take NSAIDS. I have tried them and they don't work. I currently am also taking gabapentin for my nerve pain. That is helping with the numbness and tingly feeling in my legs, but this back pain is horrible.
Has anyone had the fusion? I'm looking for views from those who have had it. Is it bad to have the fusion? I'm so lost.