Dear DDD fellow sufferers:
I am heading for a second injection for my DDD. The pain is overwhelming me because 1. my neck is a wreck, 2. I have an Immune Inflammatory Disease and when I have a flare of inflammation every joint in my body lights up in pain like the 4th of July. I just stopped an inflammatory attack with 8 mg of Medrol last night.
No doctor wants me to take larger doses of Medrol, since it is a corticosteroid, and we all know how dangerous the side effects are.
But 8 mg Medrol did stop the inflammatory attack, so now I'm back to my 'regular' level of pain. Yeah, there's regular pain and super pain, it turns out.
I tried to use meditation and relaxation but I just could not make it work at 1 am. So I took more Medrol.
MY QUESTION What can you share about fusion surgery for DDD?
In my past I have had four surgeries on joints that worked because they relieved my pain entirely: Surgery on my left thumb, Surgery on my right shoulder to remove a bone spur, arthroscopic surgery on my left knee to remove a piece of meniscus jammed in my knee joint, and most recently a laminectomy on my Lumbar spine at L3-4.
So I have had total relief of pain with those surgeries.
I guess that isn't the promise with a fusion for degenerative disc disease?
Any thoughts, experience, please share.