Brand new to the forum and have been dealing with pain since I was a teenage (now 46) My issue is instability due to DDD and have severe pain episodes that take me down. There is no rhyme or reason it just strikes and I am stuck in bed for weeks at a time. It has happened so many times over the past 15 years, I have a three week recovery routine. I've been through physical therapy, injections, chiropractors, etc... the stuff we've all gone through. Nothing seems to change, the last episode resulted in 6 weeks down and out. I can handle a little pain - heck I can handle a lot of pain. The issue is quality of life - I can't plan anything. Tomorrow I may sneeze and not be able to move for a month.
To my point, looks like we are going to fuse up L2-L3 L3-L4 L4-5 - that is a lot of back - needs to be done. The discs are oozing all over the place and disc height is greatly compromised. L5-S1 looks perfect as does L1-L2. Most of the forum have had one or two fused disc. My question is really about mobility. Right now I can move ALL over the place but there are consequences. Will I move like a robot after the big show. Looking at a Nov 6 surgery