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Background: 41 years of age and very active until 4-5 months ago. The pain was too much so I tried to rest instead of make my body stronger attitude. I have had back issues for 4 years+. L5-S1 herniated and L4 bulging. I've also been going to a pain management doctor. The steroid injections are no longer working so the pain mgmt. sent me to a surgeon THINKING the surgeon would do a discectomy. Wellll the surgeon rocked my world with I need a full 360 fusion. Mentally I wasn't ready until a month ago because he didn't explain the root of the problem, I tried an advanced steroid injection (Not sure the name) and It felt like gasoline on a fire. I made an appt with the surgeon who operated on my grandmother and he told me the pain clinic was treating me for the incorrect diagnosis. I have DDD (degenerated disk disease) and my L5-S1 is bone on bone. He recommends ALIF. OK so this is my ONLY chances to get better and feel human.. so I booked my surgery for Feb 24
PROBLEM: A few days ago I went to my normal pain mgmt. appointment. WOWOWOOW this woman has been treating me for 4 years. She is always full of positivity and knowledge. Not today. I told her what was going on and she basically told me I was doing the wrong thing and having the surgery will not help me live a pain free normal life. She said 90% of her patients have had back surgery and still have high pain levels. I know I will never be "pain free" but I don't want to rely on pain meds to get my though a day. AND once I have one fusion my spine will keep deteriating.
Please tell me some success stories or something... this woman freaked me out and now I am even MORE anxious about my surgery.