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Hello, I am so mixed on what to do. To have surgery or not. It scares me to death! My Ortho wants to fuse L4/5, remove the cyst and a laminectomy at L2. I could live with the back pain (the chiropractor helps!) but I have such severe nerve pain in my right leg that at it's worst will radiate to my shin, big toe and arch of my foot. Thus I don't have much tolerance to walk and stand for long periods. Epidurals did not help. I have also tried a few meds which did nothing but make me feel spacey. My quality of life is not what it should be but still I cannot make the decision for surgery. I am hoping to soon get a second and poss third opinion but I do think they will all say mostly the same.
How do I decide?