I am bummed. Been dealing with a couple ruptured discs in my lower spine. My fault. Do not know what number they are, just in my very lower spine. After two years of pain meds (I am up to Oxycontin from my Pain Management Dr) and a failed epidural (4th one), I went to a Neurosurgeon. Did the rehab thing too.
He showed me my MRI film. Not good. Not only do I now have two ruptured discs, I have a third severely degenerated/-ing. He said I need a spine fusion. He also said before he does surgery, I must get a second opinion. I thought that was kinda cool? He said if he does the surgery, I would be in the hospital a couple days and up to six weeks in a back brace? I wear one now half the time! He comes very highly reccomended.
The more I think and read about it, the more paranoid I am getting. My mind is already trying to talk my body outta doing this!! I am only 39!!! Why ME?!?!
I can manage the pain 85% of the time with the meds. 15% of the time if I sneeze or breathe wrong, I am in miserable pain for up to six weeks.
I am not reading about too much success here? I am scared I may be worse off after the surgery. I guess I am just scared...
Anyone had a good fusion with a great recovery and no regrets??????