A CT revealing herniated disc, spinal stenosis, arthritis and scoliosis of the lower back has me wondering at my age do I have surgery as recommended or do I continue on pain management? The problem started in 2007 and now I am unable to stand or walk for more than a few minuets before experiencing severe pain relieved only by sitting or laying. I've also noticed that I have very little bladder control which is a marked difference from what I had been experiencing. Living like this is taking a toll on my quality of life and I find myself becoming depressed. I had to go on disability when I could no longer perform the responsibilities of my job as a RN. I miss doing what I loved doing so much but at age 63 I've seen my population return from receiving anesthesia and some are never the same. Memory and cognitive abilities decline and some never improve. So my question is what quality of life is more important.
Is there anyone out there who is my age and tried other treatments with a measurable amount of success in being able to walk without pain?