I just found out last September that I have severe DDD on all 5 lumbar levels. I have had the injections for my sciatica, and they have helped somewhat, but I still have pressure, burning and tingling. My doctor told me that I will need a 5 level lumbar fusion. I am very frightened of this, not the pain as much as the disability. Has anyone had this many levels fused, and how did it go? I know that I won't be able to do everything I used to be able to do, but will I still be able to bend over and live a somewhat normal life? Also, how long would this surgery take? It seems really scary to be under anesthesia for a long time.
I am open to all advice! Thank you all so much! So glad that I found this site!