Hi Lassie, oh I do hope you have a good appt on the 13th, I will say some extra prayers for you. I hope they can help you in some ay that does not involve any surgery. As you know each they go in, your odds are reduced for a good outcome. I hate seeing anyone having back surgery more than once because they just are not good candidates a second time around versus a newbie unoperated. This place here really reflects that statement.
I am not a surgical candidate because I do not have nerve root problems relating to the disc. If a nerve was pinched, then of course it would be a different ballgame. My PA discussed and gave me info on a new surgery they are doing now. It involves going in the side instead of the back and or stomach or both. Supposedly this is something that is new on the horizon, suppose to be easier to recover from. I love it when they toss those words out so easily, because you know none of them have had surgery, but they think they are experts. Its called an Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, which mine would be because of the facet problem. I like to see any type of surgery be out on the market awhile to see the results and let them work out the kinks. Gosh, it sounds like trying to buy a new car. Because of crohns disease and ulcerative colitis my immune system is compromised due to the medications I take for it. It would mean going off the drugs and that is not something possible. I have been fighting a battle with crohns for 6 yrs already had a bowel resection and no remission so far. I already know in my mad surgery is out, I could not handle going off the drugs and try to have surgery at the same time. I would have to given an ok from my cardiologist, and pulomary dr. I am an oxygen patient. My other health problems really make me a poor candidate for just about anything these days,lol. I am currently trying to get a fistula to close and heal, it tunneled thru the abdominal wall and was leaking nasty stuff.
I guess I don't know what a rolator is? I know at one time you were in a wheelchair, however, after an injection in your back you were able to get out of it. Woohoo good for you gal. I know your dr was shocked by the response from the injection.
Aw Lassie I know what you are saying after 22yrs. But from you say in how you are treated by this guy, with friends like him, you sure don't need anymore enemies. I will tell you, I have many, many people tell me they are my friend. Well, guess what, they are not true friends, they are nothing more than an acquaintenance. A true friend sticks by you no matter what, good, bad or indifferent. I am fortunate enough to have three real friends and thats all I need. I sure don't need the others in my life. Maybe you are wishing you can depend on this guy, but I think in your heart you know different. I do think you are going to set yourself up for a big fall with him. Its very sad that you are not willing to break the connection for good. You deserve much better.
I will keep a lookout to hear how your appt goes with the dr and pray for a good appt. Hugs coming your way, Susie