Hello, I've been perusing this site for months and now its time to join! I am turning 65 this month and have surgery scheduled for 1/21 & 22 per my discussion title.
My background is that I've always had scoliosis but it was described as "minor"-never had an X-ray until 3 years ago when my back and leg pain started getting worse. I elected to have physical therapy and tried epidurals but I only had short term relief and now my lumbar curve has progressed from 40 degrees 3 years ago to 60 degrees for the worst part of the curve. Also, the leg pain progressed so that I couldn't walk more than a half mile later in the day and couldn't stand to do cooking or wait in line more than 15 minutes. I have nerve damage in my left foot which I've been living with thinking it was from chemo almost 30 years ago, only to find from my recent neurologist that it's from my back. So I'm ready to take the leap for surgery with the hope that the pain will be worth a long term gain. I'm pretty active and the thought of being in a wheel chair does not fit in my long term plans! I'm enjoying my last few weeks before surgery and am using all of the lists and suggestions I've found on this site to prepare for surgery. Thanks in advance to everyone for the help & support I've seen on this site- I'll be needing it pretty soon.