Hello, I am trying to decide wether to go forward with a decompression and fusion at L5/S1 for my grade 2 spondy. There is no disc left, so I'm bone on bone. My pain is still manageable with NSAIDS, but my foot is starting to go numb when I lay supine. I recently had the flexion extension x-rays, with show it hasn't spontaneously fused yet. Does anyone know of research or stats that give a prognosis for further slippage? If there is a chance it won't progress and could start fusing on it's own, I would rather not go forward with surgery, as I am afraid I will actually have more pain afterwards.
A second question is how long should I take off from work? I am a nurse in a recovery room, so there is lots of bending twisting, positioning of patients, etc. Is 6 weeks enough, or should I request 3 months or more?