I am due to have an anterior spinal fusion at L5 S1 on 19th May in the UK.
However, because of everything I have read and heard I am seriously thinking of withdrawing from the surgery. I am constantly uncomfortable because of aches/numbness/ throbbing pain throughout my body from the waist down, however, the fact that I can still walk a mile without painkillers (most days)means that I am thinking of trying to live without surgery. My life is going to be restricted and it is likely I will probably end up losing my job (because I can't sit for more than 5-10mins), but at least I can still walk a mile at the moment. From what I have read about people's experience of the fusions, I may not be able to do this in the future.
Does anybody have any experience of going against medical advice for a back problem and not living to regret it?
I only know one person who ignored the surgeon's advice and she ended up temporarily paralysed,but thankfully emergency surgery got her walking again.
This is such a difficult decision to make and I want to make sure that I make the best decision and not end of worse than I already am