I have had back pain for 20+ years. Episodes of those horrible spasms that throw you to the floor and leave you on the couch for days about once or twice a year. My mobility is good as far as walking - I can still hike and do my job. I DON'T have sciatica yet, but doc says it is coming soon. I wake up at night sometimes with pain, have pain with sneezing, after lots of exertion and I can't be on my feet for prolonged periods of time.
I saw two spine surgeons, first one told me my MRI was "an ugly mess." Second neurosurgeon recommends lumbar fusion at L4-5 and L5-S1. I have bone on bone in lower segment, disc herniation above it. Not sure of the approach yet whether from the front or the back, I ave to discuss that with her in a few days. I am scheduled for surgery on 11/12/08, and I am FREAKING OUT!!! :O Reading the stuff here is enough to scare anybody. :?? I am wondering if I am better off just not having it and sticking with taking Tramadol all the time and Percocet during a flare-up or will this surgery really make a difference? I don't want to go through all this and then still have the pain. I feel that because I don't have the pain in my legs maybe I am jumping the gun? Can somebody PLEASE give me some advice here? Thanks so much!