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Hi al. I've been reading discussions on here for a while now so I thought I would start my own about my situation and would love to here from people who have had or are going to have a spinal fusion.
Over the last couple of years I have had countless injections and two failed microdisectomys. The surgeon who performed these has since retired. I have now been to see the surgeon who has taken over and he tells me that I need a spinal fusion to treat my L5 S1 bulging disc.
My problem is that I have cramps and spasms in my leg which keep me awake most nights. I can cope with the pain in my back pain at the moment. I have read that the pain in your back gets a lot worse after having a fusion. The surgeon tells me that he is hoping to get me talents 50% better than I am now. Which doesn't seem that much to me.
Any advice from people who have had or going to have a fusion would be much appreciated. Thank you