I need some thoughts.
Debating L4L5 L5-S1 fusion. 47 yrs young. Chronic pain for over 12 yrs, tried everything-PT, acupuncture, pain meds, rest, doing nothing and maybe it will get better and numerous injections years apart. Current pain level is 4-5-6-7 each day, and probably 10/10 2x a month. Overall consistently high.
Going in for a facet joint injection tomorrow.
The same DR doing the facet injection proposed fusion. I've been offered the fusion surgery before but didn't take it serious, as it seriously scared the life out of me, as I didn't fully understand it. Really I thought fusion was giving up, throwing in the towel and be relegated to the couch. I've played competitive golf since a kid, and haven't been able to play for the last 2 yrs, other than maybe 3x a year, where it used to be over 100 rounds a year.
In the month of December, I've seen two new Ortho Docs, for a fresh opinion, with a fresh MRI early in Dec.
Well now fusion doesn't seem like such a bad option, the new Dr said to look at fusion as less pain and increased activity / motion.
The only thing that I wonder is : what if I decide to train very hard, get in super shape, will that be able to put off surgery? Not sure I can handle a hard core training program. Any thoughts? Is Lumbar Fusion Surgery a Reliable Procedure?