I introduced myself yesterday, and here is my history:
Pain in lumbar spine from 2009.
2010 L3/L4 Disc herniation with cauda equina compression, resulted in L3/L4 Discectomy/Laminectomy (left side)/Decompression.
2013/2014 L4/L5 Disc herniation, resulted in L4/L5 Discectomy/Laminectomy (right side)/Decompression.
Effective medications: Oramorph
Other treatments: Countless epidural steroid injections
Current MRI findings: Arthrosis, spondylolisthesis, and further L3/L4 disc herniation.
So, next up is a fusion. I cannot afford ADR, ,and insurance won't cover it. Fusion is frightening, but does anyone have a positive fusion story? I have been in pain for several years, and I would like to be opiate free. I keep seeing you tube videos (perhaps this is not a good idea) of people with depressing, hopeless, and agonizing post fusion stories. I am determined to have this surgery. If anyone has any tips to keeping your mind positive throughout the experience, please feel free to share.
Thanks for reading.