I am so happy for you buddy! This is good news, at least once you have the fusion done, and the bone heals, it should relieve the pain that you are in and at least some of the numbness and nerve pain.
I wish you only the best as you go forward with this. At least you are in some of the best hands around when it comes to dealing with spinal issues. God speed my friend. Make sure that you let us know when the surgery will be, and how long we will have to wait to hear from you afterward. Or maybe you can PM someone and give them your phone number at the hospital once you know the date. That way, one can check on you and let the rest of us worry warts know how you are fairing.....
So glad you found your answer! So sorry you have to have surgery but feel pretty sure a lot of your symptoms will get better!!
Which discs need to be fused? MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW YOUR DR.'S orders to the T!! Is it a J collar you have to get? Sounds like me 9 yrs. ago!!
Take Care and keep us posted!
EVERYONE'S STORY, RECUPERATION and OUTCOME is different! Take it from me, follow your Dr.'s orders to the T! My Neurosurgeon told me, depending on the situation, recoveries vary. It took me 5 mos to be able to return to work Part Time....8 mos to full time! Listen to YOUR body! Your Dr. sounds great he will probably guide you along the way.
Your boss has a lot to lose by you being gone...you have to promise us you WILL NOT rush back to work!
I am extremely happy for you, and count your blessings on how lucky you are that you didn't do the physical therapy first! I have been there and done that. (Physical Therapy and spinal manipulation first)I honestly thought I was going to die! Some body must of been watching over me, because even the neurosurgeon, said he did not know why I wasn't a Quad! Your story has made me cringe, and gave me shivers all the way down to my toenails! You are indeed a very fortunate man! Do you know if they are going to fuse, with donor or from yourself? They took my graft room my pelvis. Please do not try to hurry your recovery, in the end it might only make it longer and more complicated if you do! Remember this is a really realy big deal! So be good to yourself! Do not over do it, no matter how good you might feel after the surgery! Remember the saying "pay back is a b----?" If you over do it there will be "Pay Back!" that I can guarantee!
I wish you all the Best
Good Luck to You!