I am Sharon, 48 years old and came across this forum and really can use some feedback.
In 2012 I fell during snowboarding and ended up from working out 5 days a week to not being able to do much at all. My family doctor told me I needed to exercise moderately but after an MRI they told me I needed to be operated asap. I have had a micro-invasive operation on S1-L5 but kept nerve pain running down my leg. I knew I had a bulging disc at L4-L5 but was told I did not need to worry as that did not compress any nerve roots. But I kept on walking bad, muscle spasm, painful hip, knee, bloated belly. I had physical therapy 3 days a week for over a year. In 2015 another MRI but I was told everything looked fine. December 2018 I went to a spine doctor, he recommended another MRI.
Results of that MRI are:
Development of extensive annular tear within a left paracentral/foraminal/far lateral broad-based protrusion/herniation at L4-L5 resulting in moderate lateral recess and foramina stenosis with compression of the L4 and L5 nerve roots. Bulging discs at L3-L4 and L5-S1 with annular tear at L5-S1.
I went to a neurosurgeon she told me I will not die of having this, I should just sit it out. So I went to another surgeon, he told me I needed fusion surgery because it will happen that S1-L5 will end up herniated again as that is just a matter of time, so let's fix everything. I decided to call my previous neurosurgeon. He told me L4-L5 needs to be operated and do not touch S1-L5.
I have 3 options, let it as it is, (which I honestly don't know if I can do I hardly go out anymore) Fusion or only L4-L5.
I take Tramadol since 2012 and after the operation, I still take it years off and on. No activities with my family etc. well you all know this as well as I do. It has a great impact on social and family life. Who has had this and would any injection at least ease nerve pain at this moment? Please advise me what I can do.