I'm really nervous about my upcoming surgery in 2 weeks. I've kept a lot bottled up, so apologies in advance. I really need a supportive place.
Here is a little history:
Rear-ended in early 2002 and herniated discs L4 and L5 on the left side. Pain meds, a little PT given and 3 cortizone shots given. MRI was done late in 2003 and was told findings were 'insignificant'. Leg and foot numb for over 2 1/2 years.
On and off siatica and morning stiffness but nothing requiring more than ibuprophin after that.... until...
Dec 2012 out of nowhere, woke up with left leg and foot numb. Kept getting progressively worse. Took a change of Dr's after 4 months to get a MRI done and found spinal stenosis. Another 5 months of PT and cortisone shots and then laminectomy surgery. 99% pain free and off all meds after 1 month.
6 months later I started getting leg pain and foot numbness, tried to soldier through for a few months. Switched insurances because of my husband's job and it took 4 months before an MRI was done (and one very unprofessional Physiatrist). Come to find out I have a cyst on my spine and my facet joint inflammation is severe. No shots to suffer through. TLIF surgery is the recommendation to stabilize the area.
Come to find out, from the surgeon, that degenerative disc disease was noticeable back in 2003 on my MRI. Not sure if knowing it would have changed anything but I dislike that it wasn't disclosed to me.
The recovery process and pain I'll go through after the surgery are kind of freaking me out a bit. I'm 46, obese and have a couple of health issues in addition to all of this. Of course, I know I need to loose weight and have good blood sugar control.
My mom's roommate had a spinal fusion back in 2009 and she doesn't have the nerve pain anymore but still has major back issues, has been on pain meds since before the surgery, keeps getting cortisone shots.... Uggg! I'm terrified of this happening to me!
I can handle lower back pain and stiffness until I get moving in the mornings, I can live with that. I hate the leg and foot pain! Standing, walking, bending and even laying down cause me tremendous pain. It doesn't take long to be limping and then dragging my leg as I walk. Pain meds and sitting help the most but I even have days that that isn't enough.
I'm very fortunate that I am a homemaker so I don't have a job position to worry about. My poor husband though! He has had to do so much. He is exhausted and frustrated. This has put a huge strain on our relationship. I've lost friends because I can't get out and be social very often and have to cancel last minute if I have a bad flare up and the only person I can really vent to is my mother.
I need a place where people understand. I'm going to need support during my recovery. I hope I've found a good place for that.
Feb 2002 Herniated Discs L4 and L5 on Left side
Sept 2012 Laminectomy L5 on Left side
Upcoming (Jan 13, 2015) TLIF on my L4-L5
Facet Arthritis, DDD, Spondylothesis, Bone Spurs and Cyst on left side