Well I keep finding these members who have been absent from the Role Call for quite some time!
Hello Hydrangea! Welcome back the the CP forum!
I have read through your post here, and see that you are looking at another back surgery again. This will be the 3rd right? It looks like the last one was done in December, so that would only be 9 months of recovery?
Please remind me and the members what disk were fused the first time and then the second time,....and now which one they are looking at? It will be a fusion right?.....and the other two were full fusions as well?
You know I'm asking the question, because most of my pain returned much later after the fusion was mostly healed. Have you had a current MRI of the disk or problem area....and maybe a discogram again?
At this point, I'm probably not the best person to ask if I would have surgery again, however if the surgery is to stabilize your spine to prevent further damage, then yes I believe I would opt for the surgery.
If I remember right you went back to work two weeks after your first fusion....I think I remember that, and was amazed that you're healing process went so quickly.
I went back to work at the 8 week mark, and was no where near well enough to work at that time. However my boss ad crew covered for me, and I did do quite a bit of office work for a couple of months.
If your first two surgries were considered a sucess, then yes,...maybe you would want to consider getting it done. I now have the dreaded FBS, and am back up to almost where I left off on with the med's before the fusion. It's a real bummer!
Take care, and I'm glad you came back for a visit. Fill us in a little more on this, and I'm sure you will get more comments on it.