I am pleased to have found this forum. I am suffering from back, butt and leg pain, the pain even cramps up my thigh,calf, and my ankle feels like it is twisted. Due to bulged disc. (L-3 L-4)moderate bulge (L-4 L-5) severely bulge doc says more then 50% out an into the nerves (L-5 S-1) mildly. He says disc are like an old rusty truck. I have Spinal Stenosis, DDD, and alot of other things but at this time my back and legs or my concern. DR. wants to do an anterior lumbar inter body fusion of L3 L4 and L4 L5. I really want to try other options first..He told me he wouldn't give me another Block because the L4 L5 is pushed against the nerves to much. I asked to be refereed to a PM and he did. He said he doesn't know how I am still getting around. I ask him if I could go to work if called in for the position I interviewed for. He said I could try but it would be dangerous a cough, sneeze or wrong turn and I could be or the floor and in hospital for emergency surgery or paralyzed. I am pretty strong willed, he don't think I would last a full day at work, but if I wanted to try, go ahead. I am pretty scared. I watched my dad go through 7 back surgeries, and now I know the pain he went through. I would like some opinions on my next step. I am awaiting PM call back for appt. Been told to take MRI to chiropractor and see if they could help. Doc says disc are so thin, wore out, like a dry rotten hose he can't explain how I was still walking. I have a high tolerance to pain, Grow up being told suck it up move on and I am hurting pretty bad I am scared..This pain is horrible. I am 43, married but home alone most of the time. Hubby works out of town for a construction Co and gone weeks and sometimes months at a time. My neighbors are great, they help me out feeding the horses and a few other things. If you have faith and believe please put me on your pray list.
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