So I am new here and have a few questions in regards to surgery. I am 39yrs lead a very active life until I had a major accident in 2012 and have been in chronic pain since then. I have 8 MRIs, and have taken every pain pill and muscle relaxers along with lots more, P/T, TENS therapy, steroid injections etc etc etc. So I had been seeing a neurologist for right side numbness (right side only) foot, leg, arms, waist, face and neck. It comes and goes and I was told there is nothing wrong with my back. I didn't fell comfortable with this and got a second opinion to find out I have L1/2 bulging disk, L3/4 bulging disk, L4/5 bulging disk & bone spurs, L5/S1 bulging disk, bone spurs, spondylolysis, sever foraminal narrowing, Grade 1 spondylolisthesis. I have been told a need a fusion at my L5/S1. I have a scheduled appointment for Nov 5 in Tucson to see a surgeon. My question is:
How long did you all wait to have surgery done? A week, a month, the next day.
Should I push the idea of wanting surgery to my doctor??
Any advise or opinion would be very welcomed
I am the point where I cannot take the pain any more, I can barely walk around, do anything, sit or stand very long and im lucky if I get an hours sleep of a night time. I have read multiple books about back surgery and feel I am ready for this.