Any help or sipport would be greatly appreciated. I was told.today i need L5-S1 fusion by a neurosurgeon. I have bad herniation, degeneration of disc and vertibrae etc .for last year and bulge and nerve pain since i was.25.. i am now 43. The pain is unbearable. My.question is is the surgery worth it. He said there could still be pain. Plus removal of dics my bone and plastic in there and pins.etc. they make it aound like no big deal. I dont handle pain well since i habe suffered for so long. Plus the pain management plans were.completely avoided. Side note i hqbe depreasion and severe.anxiety this prob making this harder to deal with. With the added bonus i started.smoking 5 years ago. Stress and i dont drink or have any other bad habots so there i went. What a dummy. Lol. . So he Said I have to stop or the fusion could not take. Sorry for rambling on.
Just dont know what to think. I know my disc is next to nada and pushing all my nerves. And these two vertibre are bad. Just would like to hear someone give me honest opinion and possible strategy.how.to handle this major surgery. Well that is the nutshell of what the neuro doc said. Thank you for any advice.