I saw my PM doc yesterday, who told me that according to the discogram, two discs (L4/L5 & L5/S1) are involved in my pain. The discogram really irritated nerves, and I was in worse shape than ever before. I had so much pain in my right leg, from the hip down to my feet. My knee was in excruciating pain and I could only walk with a limp. The PM doc gave me the okay to increase my dose of Opana-ER, and she gave me a Medrol pack. So today, I am finally feeling normal again.
Anyway, she said that the surgeon would probably suggest disc replacement or fusion surgery. I see the surgeon on Monday.
Now, with the 20mg Opana-ER that I am feeling better. But I'm not really doing anything, just lounging around the house. So, I don't know yet if the meds would make it so that I can return to my normal, pre-pain level of work and activities. But if the meds can do that, should I consider surgery at all? I sort of dislike the idea of having to take pain meds for long term. But surgery is also extremely risky.
I'm very conflicted about this. I have been in constant pain now for 2 years. What are your feelings on this? The pros/cons of each option. Granted I will know more when I talk with the surgeon, but as the PM doc put it, she has nothing to offer me except meds (and injections which haven't worked).