I am new here, but not new to Back problems. Here goes the short story, Last year Back really started acting more than normal and the pain started going down left leg. after several spinal blocks that did not work neurosurgeon recommended disc fusion of L5-S1. Had the fusion done in Sept 09. finally returned to work (Truck Driver) in Nov 09.
Everything was going great until Feb of this year, The pain started up again, only this time worse than before, Had to quit working in June of this year due to not being able to drive and load and unload truck. Another MRI showed post operative defects at surgery location (Scar tissue and what little part of disc that was left in there bulging) So more rounds of physical therapy, did nothing, more spinal blocks, not effect,
Now Since I have been working with a new to me Neurosurgeon he had CT scan done, a EMG done, etc. Met with him today, and he is recommending having a neurostimulation implant put in to block the pain.
What are your experiances with this? he thinks I can get back to work my old job with no problems. I am not sure about that since I load and unload several times per eight hour shift.
I am leaning towards getting implant, just for the fact maybe I can get off the Narcotic pain killers.