Whatever anyone can share I would love to hear what you have to say. I am 39 , busy mom of 3 teenagers. Three years ago I woke up with terrible low back pain and my life has never been the same. I finally decided I couldn't take it anymore and had a discogram last May...got the dx of grade V annular tear in my L5/S1 disc. The surgeon told me artifical disc replacement was the only thing that would work. I didn't want surgery( I had a major brain surgery 8 years ago & am trying to avoid that at all costs), I wanted something less invasive even though he told me it was a waste of time & $. I had my PCP refer me to a pain mgmt doc and had 2 epidural steroid injections, facet block, rhizotomy..all that failed to give me a drop of relief. The pain doctor told me she exhausted all of her efforts with me and said all that is going to work for me is surgery. She has me on hydrocodone and the pain is so bad I just can't take it anymore. I am working on getting a 2nd opinion now because I want to make sure an artifical disc is the right option and that a fusion isn't the right option. I have read a lot on both and just don't know which is right.
My other dilemma is that my husband has just been transferred and we are getting ready to move in 6 months. There is so much to be done to get ready and I can't do anything right now...I am worthless. I can't decide if it would be better to have the surgery now where we live (OKC/TULSA area) or try to hold off until we are settled (Houston, TX). I don't know how long I will need to recuperate and I also am unsure about having surgery here and then maybe having any issues followup and needing care later and having to find a new doctor.
I feel extremely desperate right now...to have the surgery now. I haven't slept through the night in 2 weeks.
I appreciate any input. Thank you,
Grade 5 annular tear L5/S1 with bulging disc
Chiari Malformation 17 mm herniation - 12/00 decompression surgery