Back surgery is scheduled for October 21st. I have lived with chronic pain in my lower back for 17 years.
Up until 3 months ago, I was never on any sort of pain medication. I opted to abuse my high pain tolerance than risk becoming addicted to narcotic pain killers.
What started out as one slipped disc after simply jumping into a swimming pool has now turned into 3 slipped discs, one herniated, spondylethesis (mine goes opposite of normal), arthritis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and foraminal stenosis.
I also have been found to have spina bifida.
We are doing a fusion of l5-s1 and also a laminectomy, and some other stuff.
Due to severe metal allergies, my fusion will be done the old way...graft materials but no hardware. Can't even stable the incision...gonna have to be stitched.
I don't have time for this, and I am not optimistic of the surgery.
But my quality of life is tremendously decreasing over the last several months, I am CONSTANLY falling, etc.
What do I expect? How long is the hospital stay? What happens afterward? Will if even help?
I'm just 40 and so tired of feeling like I'm 80.
Ideas please? And thank you.
17 years avoiding surgery, now it's unavoidable. Scared beyond belief.