I haven't been posting since I joined a while back. 6 years of spinal pain, 2 discectomies/laminectomies in the lumbar spine, plenty of epidurals and physiotherapy, and of course more than enough medication. I'm so exhausted. i've been the artificial disc replacement route, and my insurance denied the coverage, so I am back to looking at fusion surgery l3-l5. I am tired of doctors and tests, and I want this surgery to be the last. I am tired of pain. There isn't much to introduce today besides a woman who wants her life back. I'm afraid I may never run or bike again, never attend work or school without pain again. I don't want to lose motion in the spine or have adjacent disc degeneration from the fusion.
There is no other option, and surgery may only be a month away. I dread doing it, but I'm just tired.
Hey, maybe if I'm lucky I will have some positives from it. Anyone have a positive fusion story? I am so terrified. I know a fusion is for life.
Thanks for reading.