Hi everyone..i am new to these boards and thought i would post. I have had back pain for many years..was diagnosed with DDD about 9 years ago. I am now 38 and the last few years have become extremely painful. We have tried the Epidurals, physical therapy, and many other things. I was on a list as a candidate to be in a trial for a disc replacement since insurances would not cover it. Well it seems we waited to long.
My vertebrates have now pushed out my disc at the L5-S1 level, and my vertebrates are now fusing themselves together. In the last six months there are times that I feel like I am one step away from a wheel chair. I still work, but miss a lot of work due to the pain. There are times my husband and kids have to help me get dressed...as it goes with housework, i can hardly do any..thank God for my husband. I have been seeing a top neuro surgeon where I live..the last appointment i went to he told me I would just be in pain the rest of my life. That is not something i needed to hear after living in pain for so long. He decided to send me to a top surgeon in the same hospital that does a majority of fusions. I was told many years ago, i should do a fusion..back at that time i thought I was to young and was to scared of what i had heard about the fusions..so i wanted to wait in hope I would get the disc replacement.
I swear, if the doc offered to do the surgery at that moment, I would scream yes. It is amazing what pain can do to the moral of someone..I cannot imagine living like this for much longer without some kind of surgery..it seems if it is fusing together, why not go in and finish it off..to save me some years of pain..
Thanks for letting me vent...it is tough..my husband is supportive but he has no clue how i physically feel not to mention mentally. I have two very active children..I have always been very active..I have become a person I do not know.
Look forward to hearing from people who can relate to what I am going through!!