H i'm new to the forums
I hope im not posting this in the wrong place? i apologise if I am.
Has anyone had a successful lumbar spinal fusion for spinal osteoarthritis in the facet joints? to relieve back pain?
I d be interested to hear your stories.
Im absolutely petrified of the risks involved, how have you overcome your fears?
Im on gabapentin at the moment my last resort for pain relief as I have tried everything else..
The gabapentin has started to work but if it stops working, or doesn't give me enough pain relief, I fear I will have to consider surgery if I want any quality of life and to be able to return to work.This really scares me as ive been told by the consultant that theres a 1-200 chance of paralysis!I feel this is an awful risk to take, even though my surgeon has never paralysed anyone I could be that first one!
Facet joint Arthritis L3,L4,L5,DDD.