I am a 49 yr old woman that doesn't smoke and is in fairly decent health other than back issues. I don't smoke, but am slightly overweight due to the lack of physical activity that cause me pain. I have a surgical date of May12th for a L4-L5 fusion. I am scared. My surgeon has been rated one of the top in my area, so I have confidence in him; however, everyone is saying not to go through with it unless I am in agony. I am not in agony, but I have to limit everything I do so I am not in agony. I have pain in my lower back and left butt cheek daily with pain that radiates into my hip. Lately my left foot is tingling and has pain. If I overdo it, I am in a lot of pain. When I say overdo it, I mean do what every other person does on a daily basis (cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping). Sometimes just sitting too long can cause the pain to flare up. My worst fear is having this done and causing myself to be in more pain than not having the surgery done. I rarely hear positive results. I have been through physical therapy, steroid shots, and anti-inflammatory medication to no avail. The shots did take the edge off the severity of the pain, but it is still there. I am getting advice left and right about who I should see for it (chiropractor, neurosurgeon, orthopedic spine specialist, acupuncturist), and I just don't know what to do. BTW, I am seeing an orthopedic spine specialist. Can someone please give me a positive experience to alleviate some of my worries. I know everyone is different, but I would like to compare apples to apples when reading other peoples experiences, meaning someone that had the l4-l5 fusion. I am wavering on having the surgery, and thinking about just canceling. Help!
L4/L5 fusion TLIF for spondylolisthesis on 5/12/14