I'm curious if there are others out there that *could* choose surgery for their condition, but are trying to treat it with more conservative means (i.e. meds) for whatever reasons (surgery is invasive, risky, long recovery etc).
I fit the profile above. I am asking if there are others, because I fall into the category of "I'm in pain, but not to the point that I am dysfunctional." Some days I get really frustrated, and I just want to surrender and set a date for fusion, other days I feel good enough that I think meds can control this, no problem.
Why do you postpone or choose not to have surgery?
Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1