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Lumbar Fusion

I am a 34 year old female with over 11 years of lower back pain and sciatica in my left leg. In those 11 years I have had 4 caudual epidural injections and 5 years ago I had a discectomy to remove the sciatic pain caused by a prolapsed disc. Since that op in 2010, until a couple of months ago, all was pretty good, and I had a baby without any problems with my back. In November 2015 the sciatic pain came back with such severity I couldn't move for screaming and crying in pain, worse than I had ever experienced before. I have since had another caudual injection which has helped a bit but I am still in pain although taking pain killers and muscle relaxants to help with sleeping. I need to get my life back, for the sake of my daughter to be a proper mummy again and to be able to get back to work (I have a desk job so sit a lot) . My consultant is willing to do surgery, as it is the same disc as before this would be a lumbar fusion. I don't know what to do for the best. I can't carry on as I am but I don't want the surgery if in a few months down the line I am no better. We also want another baby later this year so I'm questioning whether it's just best having the surgery to ensure that disc will never cause me this much pain again and be so debilitating. Has anyone had a similar dilemma? Would you just give it more time or have you had the fusion and been better for it?

These links may help you by explaining what surgery involves and then a decision

Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery: One to Three Months Post-Operation
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 724
    Surgery CAN fix your problem... carrying on like you are and giving it more time will NOT fix your problem... it will only improve your chances of creating permanent nerve damage... maybe even putting you in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. You said you said yourself that you want to get your life back... or is it that you prefer to be in crying pain and taking powerful pain drugs and shots to hide the problem? You won't be able to safely have another baby or be a good mother to your daughter until you FIX the problem with your spine via surgery... drugs and hope WON'T fix you.

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    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • jimbosh007jjimbosh007 Posts: 1
    edited 01/29/2016 - 3:22 AM
    my story is very similar to your, I have an accident 17 years ago and had injection, manipulation, tens machine ect, at that time i was told learn to live with the pain, in 2009 I was in so much pain from disc L5 S1with sciatica down my left leg, I then was admitted to hospital and underwent a discectomy where part of the disc was removed, I felt great and my life was normal, then in June 2015 the pain come back, the disc had prolapsed again and don't know why, we have tried injections physiotherapy and tablets but no good results, I see my consultant in October and he suggested that I think about having fusion with 4 months for me to make my decision, my appointment was yesterday and I have decided to go ahead with the fusion TLIF, just waiting for the weather to improve because the key is getting back on your feet and walking every day
    hope this is helpful
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 01/29/2016 - 12:22 PM
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