I've had a herniated disc for 7 years. I had MRI's 7 years ago and then one recently which show that the disc has basically completely broken down. A discectomy isn't an option for me because of the damage to the disc.
I am not in horrible pain every day. I take Aleve daily, when I don't I'm achey and stiff. I have numbness in half my right leg and some foot drop, but from what I understand, it's been so long I probably won't ever resolve that.
I have read nothing but horrible things about fusion surgery. People seem to have it and it seems like it deteriorates their quality of life quite a bit, so I am having major second thoughts about going through with it.
My question though is........what could happen to me if I DONT do it now? Am I risking paralysis? Or will my pain just increase? Or..?????
39y.o. mom of 4
3/2/16 - L5/S1 fusion after a decade of trying everything else
2015 - developed Occipical Neuralgia and bulges at C4/5 and C5/6