My wife has been having miscellaneous health problems since July. It started with stomach flu, then kidney stones then on Labor Day weekend we were floating down the river with my family. We went to down a tube shute and my wife had the cooler. She ended up leaning forward to catch it and afterwards he back started to hurt really bad. The doctors have said she has 2 perforated discs at L3/L4 and L4/L5. They tried the epidural shot which gave some relief for a few days but then the pain returned. Then we did a Facet shot which helped the arthritis in her lower back (she also has degenerative disc disease) but has added more pain in the perforated discs and also caused there to be some referred pain in her groin, hip and down left leg. We are looking at potential options as she is tired of having to spend any free time during the day in bed trying to rest. We have a 1 yr old and most doctors suggestions are to not pick him up, which obviously is not an option. She's a stay at home mom and ends up going to be at 6:30 at night due to the pain. Doctors have said several different things.
1) 360 spinal fusion
2) Physical Therapy
3) Plasma Disc Decompression
The physical therapy we are going to try, but we have a strong feeling it won't work too well since most movements are causing her pain at this point and time. The plasma disc decompression was recently mentioned, but because the disc is perforated I can't see how this method would actual fix anything as it seems to be made for enlarged discs pressing on the nerves to remove some of the fluid and reduce the disc size. My wife is pressing really hard for the 360 spinal fusion so she c an be up and about for Christmas as we are having everyone at our house this year. She is 30 years old and knows she will have to quit smoking. She is overweight, but part is due to the baby and she rolled her ankle after he was born and then we moved and now this so her weight loss hasn't been what we expected. She's almost to her pre pregancy weight though. It hasn't been a real long time she's been in pain, but shes taking Methidone as pain meds because it is the only thing that is working for her right now. It's not something we want her to become addicted to so we don't want to have to prolong the surgery if it is not necessary. I would love any input that could be provided as to experience or expertise in the area as to the best course of action. We have gotten 3 Dr's opinions and they are all slightly different so we are left with what we think the best solution is. My wife is ready for the 360 fusion to have it be done. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.