I just met with my surgeon and he agrees with others that I need a fusion at L5-S1 but he thinks I'm too fat. Yes I'm fat (90lbs more than I was in my 20s I'm 46 now) but I have been dealing with spine pain for 7 years and haven't been able to lose more than a couple pounds. I can't even walk far enough to sweat without pain. Urgh!
He is sending me to a diet doctor and wants me to come back in 6 months. I know I need to lose the weight, and I know doing ALIF would be better for me than PLIF (if I stay fat I have to have PLIF).
Anyone else dealing with weightloss and back pain?
My L5-S1 disc is gone has vacuum phenom but the discs above it look good on film. I take Norco x3 and Robaxin x2 daily I'm hoping fusion will help.