I've been living with back pain flare ups for the past 4 years. I've done steriod injections, stem cell injection, intensive PT, pretty much tried everything. When a flare up occurs it is quite debilitating and interferes heavily with quality of life. My pain does not travel down my leg, and is very isolated to a specific spot on my low back, just offset left of center. My flare ups occur generally about 4 times per year and last about 4-6 weeks each. That means I'm basically in pain 1/2 the year. It is to the point where activities I really enjoy such as hiking, weight lifting, swimming, and other active types of things are just not do-able. However, when I'm not in flare up mode I can generally do these things without restriction.
I've recently spoken to two surgeons. One of which has recommended a ADR. This recommendation came from an orthopedic surgeon. I went to see a neurologist for a 2nd opinion who said they would not recommend this and pain relief from DDD may not occur (note: both surgeon's reviewed a very recent MRI Note: A herniated bulge is preset due to the squeezing from the disc.).
I'd really like to hear from someone who perhaps has a similar prognosis, what they did, and what the outcome was. Would you do anything differently? Do I live with the pain half the year, or do I risk it and go with surgery to replace the degenerated disc? I know it is ultimately up to me, but getting input from any person who has had a similar experience sure would be nice! Thanks so much all!!