I need a 4 level fusion in my cervical spine before my lumbar can be addressed. My entire lumbar spine is bad & hurts way worse than my neck but I was told my cord is 70% impinged and is a priority.
I am only 48 and want to know if these surgeries actually work & if they will last for 20 years.
I have been on pain management for 14 years now and nothing seems to work anymore.
I need to work as I am not wealthy & have supported myself since I was 17. I have a family and am afraid that this could make me worse off.
Has anyone been through something similar? I have pain, and numbness in arms, I get shooting pains in the back of my head but the lower back pain is unbearable, my legs feel weak and my right leg feels like it is dying from the knee down for lack of a better description. My balance is off and I am getting weaker by the week it seems.