So I've gotten some great feedback from folks on different forums on this site concerning surgery, injections vs oral steroids, conservative care options, etc. I have another question.
Background: Age 33. Work a desk job. Recent MRI showed bilateral pars defects of L5, Spondylolysis, Grade 1 4mm Spondylolisthesis. Severe bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at L5/S1. All other levels are normal for age. MRI did NOT show any spurs, herniated discs, thickened ligaments, etc.
I have an appointment with a neurosurgeon Monday morning. The only non-surgical option that I haven't tried yet (nothing has worked so far) is spinal injections. My question is this: if I know that injections are only providing temporary relief and that to truly fix the problem I will eventually need surgery, is there really a point in delaying the inevitable? Is there a reason to subject myself to the injections now and still have to go through surgery later? Of course the final decision has be to between my surgeon and myself, but I'm trying to figure out, if he gives me the option, would it even be worth considering something that's not really fixing the problem. Would love to hear your thoughts/experiences. Thanks to all, you're a great group of people and have been a real encouragement!