Hi all. I've posted before about having a discogram etc. and your comments were really helpful.
Now I'm in a quandry. The copy letter I received from the new consultant to my doc said that if the discogram was positive (which it was) then he'll book me in for a PLIF. I'm now very worried because I've only just started a new job and am frightened of losing it if I'm off work.
I know everybody's experience of surgery is different, but can anyone give me an idea of roughly how long I may be off work (presuming everything heals well and there are no complications)?
The job I do is actually making my back pain worse and I've also recently had to reduce the dose of morphine patches because of the side effects - resulting in increased lbp. It seems to be a vicious circle and I'm panicking a bit.
I haven't got an appointment yet to discuss the results and it may be that surgery is not an option for me afterall. I have 100 per cent faith in this new consultant (and his team) and will go with whatever he suggests. Two other consultants have told me over the past 5 years that there is nothing that can be done after 2 discectomies and loads of other treatment and that I will get worse as I get older.
How on earth does anyone make up their mind about surgery? Obviously I'll be worried in case it goes wrong, but on the other hand, if it's successful then my quality of life will be so improved and my life choices won't be dictated by the pain in my back ALL the time! I'm 53 now and if I'm offered the surgery and don't take it, then I'm worried in case 10 years down the line, I wished I'd had it. Do you know what I mean?
If you have any views about the decisions you made about having surgery or not, and how long you were off work for, I'd like to hear them please.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!