:S Myself and my family met with the neurosurgeon who is going to do a 2 level fusion on my back. I have only slight sciatic pain into my buttocks, no leg pain - yet. According to the doctor I have a L4-5 herniation, L5-S1 collapse with stenosis of the spine. She wants to do a laminectomy and a two level fusion. When asked if I will get worse = she says yes. I was originally scheduled for Nov 12, but have moved it to March - more time for me to recover since I work for a school.
My question, for those of you who have had this done, would you go through with it just based on back pain alone? OR, would you wait until the sciatica or nerve problems start before you get it done? I am 46 and an avid hiker and can still get around pretty good, but the days after exercise I am miserable with back pain and taking pain meds daily. @)
I guess I am just freaked out by the horror stories I read here, even though I have read some of the good thread success stories. Any opinions really, really appreciated.