Long time lurker, decided to go ahead and engage the forum with another surgery on the horizon.
I had a fusion of C5-C6-C7 done in 2012 for bone spurs and a herniated disc. Left arm nerve pain and hand completely numb at the end. Pretty good outcome, woke up in recovery with the nerve pain completely gone.
The past 4 years I’ve been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and have had issues with cervical and lumbar. February, I had an artificial disc placed in C4-C5. So far I’ve been pleased with the outcome. Unfortunately, the lower back pain has been brutal the past two years. Constant lower back pain, shooting into left buttock. I’ve got some calf pain and numbness in left foot/toes.
MRI showed some level of herniation and degeneration in all lumbar discs with L4-L5 having a severe bulge and three annular tears. I’m so done with the pain and couldn’t even handle therapy in the pool. Scheduled for L4-S1 LDF with TLIF on 7/3/19.
I’ll join the July group and try to keep up with any fellow spineys going through this together!