I saw the orthopedic surgeon today. He is the same surgeon who did my mom's fusion surgery a year ago. She is doing so well. I can't believe the things she can do now compared to before.
I have DDD, stenosis and L5-S1 is herniated (I don't know the measurement). I am having more back pain than shooting pain so he said a fusion would be his recommendation. He said that I am young in "spine years" and there is always a possibility that I will need another fusion down the road due to the discs above degenerating.
My pain levels have been as high as 9 but daily are about 6ish. He said no surgery he does will take it to a zero but his hope is to take it to a 3 once healed. If I decide to do the surgery, he wants to do a discogram prior.
He told my husband and I to think and talk about it and let him know. My husband said his concern is that if I do this surgery, it will be a guarantee of more surgeries.
Epidurals have not worked so if I choose not to do it, I am stuck taking pain meds daily and that thought doesn't make me excited either.
There is just so much to consider and I don't know how to figure it all out. I am so afraid of choosing the surgery and all that entails and at the same time, I am afraid of putting it off and dealing with this daily pain or possibly it getting worse.
If anyone has been in the same boat, had this surgery and the discogram, I would appreciate any thoughts or support!
Herniated disc L5-S1
3 bilateral transforaminal epidurals