I started having some back problems years ago. I had fell and broke my tailbone 2 times as a child, I was a skater, in a car accident, and fell down a flight of stairs hitting each one hard on my bum. After I became a nurse, I really started having problems like I couldn't sleep laying down anymore so, I went to a couple of neurosurgeons. First one wanted to do a cage and I refused. I went and got another opinion. He told me that I had degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and a couple of protruding discs. He told me that I wasn't a surgical candidate even though I was continuing to have pain after going to physical therapy. He sent me to a pain specialist who gave me epidural injections that made me ill after 3 times. I decided to leave the hospital because my back felt worse after everytime I lifted someone. I started working positions that I didn't have to lift anymore.
Five years later, I was sitting in a chair at work and when I went to get up it was like my back got stuck with me standing in a 90 degree angle. I couldn't stand up straight for a whole week. I could barely walk to the bathroom. After a week, I started to standup better but then somedays it got worse. My doc had xrays done. They said that I had scoliosis. In the meantime I went to work everyday walking stooped over and in massive pain. I started going to a chiropractor and physical therapy. I started getting a little bit better until I tripped on a pothole at a gas station. I started walking bent over but worse. I continued to go to work until my contract with my job was supposively finished. I went back to my doctor. She sent me to a surgeon who only spoke with me for 5 minutes. Her P.A. talked with me more but I didn't like the way the surgeon was too busy for me so I went back to the second surgeon who I seen the second time in the past. He had a great reputation and I had worked with him in the past. He told me that one of my thoracic vertebraes was fractured and I needed kyphoplasty performed right away. He also told me that I have scoliosis, herniated vertebrae in the lumbar area, and spinal stenosis. This surgeon does not like to perform surgery unless it's your last resort. He told me that he didn't think that I should try the surgery for scoliosis. He said that he could perform surgery on my discs but he rather me go to physical therapy first. I have been in physical therapy for almost 5 months. They helped relieved my right foot drop and helped me to standup a little straighter but, my left foot is getting weaker and I can't walk but 10 feet and I am bending forward and in pain. I haven't been able to do things I usually do like, clean my house, go shopping, hang out with my friends. It's really depressing. Also, my stepdaughter's wedding is in July. I would love to even be 50 percent better by then. I am only 45 years old. I really need to go back to work also because I have a son going to college to be a dentist.
I go tomorrow to see my neurosurgeon.I've always been an anti surgery person when it comes to the back but, now my mind has changed. I'm hoping he can just do something to relieve this stooping or bending forward. I'm willing to live with the pain and numbness in both feet so, I can standup straight. I've been reading about laminectomies without fusion because fusions scare me but, I don't know if that will even help.Has anyone had similar circumstances and/or a procedure that helped them to standup straight again?