Hello, I am new to this forum. My husband needs the spinal fusion surgery. Let me tell you our story.
Three years ago my husband was diagnosed wih throat cancer. He was treated with chemo and radiation along with multiple hospital stays. Several months after that he ended up with a heart valve infection and was treated with IV drugs. The infection then gave him polymalagiarheumaticia. That is a whole body inflammation. One year of steriods. Not long after that he started with leg pain, we thoght it was from the neuropathy (chemo induced). The doctors decided it was a pinched nerve and it all stopped with that. About 6 months later he started having worse leg pain that slowly moved to lower back pain. We made an apoointment with thd Dr. he did a MRI and nerve test. The reults listed below.
Degenarative Disc Disease
L1 disc pretty much gone
Significant nerve damage
Do you think a fusion is the only sugery he will need?