Hello Pommom! I too am sorry to hear of your pain!
Blujet2 has given you some great advice here, and it seems that she has, shall we say, a lot of experience to say the least!
I, myself just went through double lumbar fusion, and I will not know if it is a success for quite some time. All I can say about
the surgery is "Ouch!"
One thing you said that caught my attention, was that your pain subsided when you sit down.
I have read several times that when your sitting, this puts your spine under more stress, and I'm a guessing at the lumbar area.
I'm so nervous at the moment of doing more damage to my spine, that I'm either standing or laying down, and I very rarely sit anymore. Weird I know! :)
Good luck to you, and of course many here will tell you to get a second opinion as well. I tend to agree, unless you have a complete trust in your DR and or Surgeon.
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/14/2010 12:26:32 AM (GMT-6)