So, yesterday morning I had a bilateral steroid injection into my lower back. I had 1 steroid injection 2 weeks ago and it didn't work so this one was my last hope before speaking with a surgeon. Last night after the injection I noticed pain in my butt, hips, legs and lower back, it hurts to stand up straight and also to take normal sized steps (I have to kind of shuffle my feet) is this normal and has anyone experienced this? I called the Dr this morning and he wants me to come in this afternoon. Next question is, I am 19 years old and have a bulging disc and also a pars defect I was told I was probably born with and never caused any problems until a car accident about a year ago. My Dr is talking about spinal fusion. What are the risks of that? I'm only 19 would I be better off with the pain of this than having a rod in my back for the rest of my life? It's emotionally depressing because I feel at so young it isn't fair to have to have all these problems. If I want to ride a roller coaster I should be able to, I'm young and should be able to do anything I want to while I still am!
thanks for reading and hopefully someone can answer my questions .