I am a 29 year old female, I have a beautiful five year old daughter, and a loving husband. I haven been battling severe back pain since I was 15. I have DDD, permanent numbness in my right leg (outer three toes), stenosis. Most injuries occur at L5/S1. I also have fibromyalgia.
2 facet injections
Previously on gabapentin, tried Lyrica and Cymbalta but put on 60lbs in 2 months. Switched to Gralise finally.
March 1 I finally had to have emergency surgery due to loss of bladder control. I agreed to a laminectomy and microdiscectomy at L5/S1. I have now been basically bedridden for six months and I am having a fusion on Friday.
I desperately need my life back. I am depressed, sad, I can't explain the despair I have from missing so much of my life. I am not a homebody at all but I've gotten used to it because I am in so much pain I can't bear to leave the house. I've tried but after 10 minutes I am ready to come back. If it weren't for my tempur-pedic and my medications I don't know how I would have made it this long.
I resisted surgery for years. I did everything, including chiropractic- where I received horrible advice from multiple doctors. Surgery was necessary years ago and I wish I had done it much sooner instead of spending literally half my life in excruciating pain. I sincerely hope my surgery Friday gives me my life back.
It was important for me to mention how reading these forums has helped me over the last six months. I am extroverted but haven't wanted to talk about what I'm going through at all. You have all been so helpful.