My name is Amanda. I was an active very fit very strong 30 year old then 2 years ago I ruptured my L5/S1. I have had numerous epidural's and facet injections. I have even had bilateral nerve ablations of L5 and L4. The pain is still consistent and seems to be getting worse every procedure. I have a rehabilitation protocol that got me back to regular activity with seldom flare ups from 2 years ago but my back have out again about 4 months ago and I can not get the pain to go away. The new MRI suggests some stenosis, transitional vertebrae, increased disc degeneration, a small synovial cyst and a new herniation. I have had 3 surgeons and 2 chiropractors suggest a lumbar fusion. I am 32 years old. Some days my pain is at 2 others it is at 6/7. The good days make me think I don't need to go through this, the bad ones make it seem like a necessary procedure to survive. We are currently in the process of ruling out SI joint issues. I have back pain as well as pain that shoots down into my right glute and left hamstring periodically mostly when sitting as well as a lot to tingling in my feet. Has anyone shared this experience? Has anyone recovered from a fusion? To be fully active again?
Thanks I appreciate any feedback.