I'm new to this community and wanted to get some feed back from fellow back pain sufferers. I have had bad back pain in my lower back since my early teens. No one listened so here I am 33 (as of today) and have finally started to seek answers. I have seen a few dr's over the years but no one takes me seriously. I have never asked for or accepted pain meds once but due to the epidemic problem with script related addiction in my area that what they assume I'm there for. I have just lived in pain. I saw one dr years ago and he just put his hand on my shoulder and said "you were probably born with a bad back and you'll die with a bad back" he is also the one who first gave me some sort of diagnosis. Degenerative Disk Disease. I have read about it and educated myself about it some what. I tried to see another dr years later about it and he just told me it was because I am over weight. "I think if we get this weigh off you you'll feel better, would you like me to give you a script for diet pills" (pen in hand) needless to say I never went back to that dr. I have felt like I might be fusing together naturally for the past few years. I saw a neurologist last year and had my first MRI. The dr was a total quack. His office was old and looked/smelled like it'd hadn't been cleaned since the 70's. I wasn't comfortable with him so I just never went back for the results. I went to the referring dr for what I thought was a UTI and she pulled up the MRI results from that appt, 16 mo ago. She said the report showed DDD, arthritis, bulging disk and spinal narrowing, also a cyst near my tail bone about an inch in diameter. I was referred to a specialist and saw him last week. He said I have the L4 and L5 of a 60 something year old because the degeneration was so severe. He said I was a good candidate for the 360 Fusion. He gave me a script for Mobic, which I started last week. WOW. Mobic has helped me so much! I've never been nearly pain free like this. I have used Motrin and Tylenol and the like but they have never helped. The dr wouldn't even talk to me about the cyst tho which was the whole reason I was nervous about the appt. I had no knowledge about it prior. The referring dr said we needed to look at it and make sure it wasn't changing in size and make sure it was nothing to worry about. This dr didn't seem to care in the slightest. I am going to ask my referring dr to send me for a second opinion. The specialist was very nonchelant about everything. He said we can do nothing or surgery or a million things in between. Very "ehh you can do this or this" attitude. He basically told me I needed to try and fail at the conventional treatments so I could get my ins to pay for the surgery.
Does anyone have any experiences to share that relate to any of my story?
I read about the 360 Fusion and it sounds like quite the major surgery, which I know all are but I have never had any major surgeries so that is intimidating. I would just like to hear from someone with similar experiences.