Saw orthopedic surgeon 10 months ago. He felt surgery was not appropriate then. Report said significant disc space collapse extending from L2-L-5 with lumbar spondylosis L5-S-1. foraminal stenosis but no significant central canal stenosis. He wrote that surgery would entail L-2 to S-1 decompression fusion. My complaint was lower back pain radiating around my left buttock, making it difficult to sit. Medication made symptoms tolerable. He felt I should continue with multiple injections and use of narcotics. I had numerous rounds of PT. have tried chiropractic and massage therapy which helps for a day.
12 weeks ago more problems started. I noticed when I got up I had pain going down left leg. This continued and then I realized lots of pain about my left hip. This became so intolerable that I had
emergency epidurals and then two weeks later trigger points injections. High level of pain continued. Pain management PA suggested I check back in with surgeon for re evaluation.
Of course it took 6 weeks to get in for appointment. I am on hydrocodone 10mg 5xd and fentanyl patch, 25 every 3 days. I have been unable to do my daily walk for 1-2 miles for the past month. This has always been my personal stress relief but it causes too much pain now.
Can anyone tell me if there is a way I could get surgery without having all the levels done, at least all at once? Since my problem is on one side, buttock and hip and leg, could surgery at one level help? I have read surgeons do not want to do multi level surgeies. Could doing one or two surgery levels give me some relief? I would love to avoid surgery but it's become intolerable. My name on this board should be 'terrified'. I hate to ask for help but I'm begging now. Appointment is Friday.