I am 35, and I have 2 disc herniations that have been giving me discomfort for a couple years. I had another MRI done, and now I have disc herniations in all of my lumbar regions...six total...along with stenosis from facet hypertrophy in the T12-L1 and L4-L5 regions. Oh and bone spur as well. I have been in extreme pain for a month. I see a neurosurgeon on Thursday. Im scared hes going to say fusion. Any advice? My GP gave me Norco 10's x2 a day and Tramadol x3 a day, but it isn't cutting it. I am also a waitress...and I have to work to pay my bills. Help!
Bulging discs T12-L3
Annular Tears with Disc Extrusion L4-S1
Moderate Central Canal Stenosis
Moderate Foraminal Stenosis
Enlarged Facet Joints/Ligaments
L4-L/5 PLIF with cages, rods, screws 2/15