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back surgery is inevitable

1411wayne11411wayne Posts: 8
edited 07/13/2015 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Have appointment with orthopedic surgeon this Friday.. L2-L5- L5-S1with lumbar spondylosis L5 toS1, chronic low back pain which radiates around my left buttock. I have forminal stenosis and little canal stenosis. Saw the surgeon 10 months ago and he said that I would need L2--S1 decompression fusion. He did not want to do sugery at that time. He said he would see me back as needed.

For the past 8 weeks my pain has increased terribly. Even with high doses of medication (narcotics) I have left buttock pain, unable to sit. Suddenly I have pain with walking on left leg. No longer able to walk the 2 miles I have for 20 years daily. Just barely surviving.

I see the same surgeon Friday and have to tell him I can no longer go on like this. I am wondering if you can tell me if anyone has had mutilevel lumbar disc problems and has had 1 or 2 separate surgeries do get the job done. I know surgeons do not like to do multilevel back surgeries.

Also, I have had all the physical therapy, about 40 epidurals , trigger point injections, and ablation on left leg, chiropractic, massage, Tens unit and nothing works. I take Fentanyl 25 every 72 hours and hydrocodone 10mg 5x d and am still in pain

Is there another proceedure I could consider. Can a nerve be cut, spacers be put in, rooto rooter type clean out in spine? I am desperate and know I cannot continue this way. Would appreciate any input.

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 07/13/2015 - 8:34 AM
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