I have been a member of this board for about a year and a half. I pop in and out occassionally as I need the love and support you all offer here.
I have been told in the past to lose weight for my fusion by one surgeon. After an insurance change, I was told by a new surgeon to try all conservative treatments first. I got an epidural that failed. Now a third surgeon (because we moved to AZ) has told me that because I have degenerative disk disease, surgery won't help me. At L5 S1 I am completely collapsed, and have a minimul bulge at L1 L2. I thot fusions were for people exactly like me that have collapsed disks, and live in daily pain.
I am so discouraged! Do I see a fourth surgeon now, or just accept my fate?
When I walked out of his office yesterday I felt like I had been handed a death sentence. He explained to me that both prior surgeons must have also known I was inoperable, and thats why they didn't operate. They led me on with weight loss talk and concervative treatment talk. He said the bottom line is, as a surgeon, if you see something that can be fixed, you fix it. If it can't be fixed, you don't. He told me that I was not that big (bless his heart) and that he does surgery on patients my size and bigger all the time.
I just don't know what to do. Thank you all for listening. It is so appreciated.