Brief history on myself:
L4/L5 laminectomy/discectomy- 2011(FAILED)
L4/L5 laminectomy/discectomy, spinal stenosis-2012 (FAILED)
Dozens of injections: epidural, nerve root blocks, facet joint blocks-no relief
Diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, failed back surgery syndrome, lumbago, hip bursitis, radiculitis, post laminectomy syndrome- all these are current diagnoses.
At age 22 I had my first surgery with no trauma or injury causing it. The MRI showed severe herniation that was compressing my spinal cord, which was causing the sciatica and other issues. My neurosurgeon at the time scheduled surgery 8 days after we went over my results.
A year later I had not had any relief, so I went to see another neurosurgeon who said I had spinal stenosis, and more herniation (the disc wasn't completely removed during the first surgery). So he scheduled surgery.
It's been 3 years since my last surgery and my pain has gotten worse. My current doctor, an orthopedic surgeon ran a number of tests on me, but the deciding factor was the discogram/discography. It showed positive pain at 2 levels- L4/L5 and L5/S1. Which by the way, that was the most painful test I've ever been through. He wants to do a 2 level fusion surgery on me. He gave me two options: I can choose an ALIF or a TLIF. Any opinions on which procedure is best? Thank you for taking the time to read my post.