I am a 39 year old Mother of a 21 year old and a 17 year old. Married 23yrs
A little background..
I herniated the L5/S1 in 2008
April of 2013 I herniated L4/L5 Had no insurance so did nothing except Ice, heat and OTC pain meds.
March of 2014 finally got insurance. Was diagnosed with fibro. Had MRI, then diagnosed with arthritis in my facets, herniated L4/L5 Herniated L5/S1 sent to orthopedic surgeon. He then agreed with the previous diagnosis and said I also have bone spurs in mu upper back. Ordered a discogram. It showed Severe degenerative disc disease as well as the herniations.
Insurance denied surgery, so the doctor did a peer to peer interview and the insurance approved the surgery.
Posterior posterolateral technique
Fuse L4, L5, S1
herrington rod technique
grafts from hip
discectomy at L4 and L5
Cages at L4 and L5
My surgery is scheduled for July 3rd. I have a neurologist appointment June 25th and preop registration and blood work the same day. I have my last visit with the orthopedic surgeon on the 30th.
I live 2hrs away from all the doctors and hospital. I can not take any ibprophen, tylenol, asprin, mobic etc a week before surgery. These trips back and forth are going to be extremely hard.
I really dread the ride home after surgery.
Glad to be here and reading all your posts