Yes!..Well!…that is the million dollar question isn't it!
I'm glad to see that your getting a second opinion on the fusion surgery. I had the same area fused as well! The recovery is a very long process (10-18mo)…so even after the surgery it may take several months before you will know if it is a success.
There is a chance if you don't have it, you could very well do more damage, and to the point that it could be permanent, but I really don't think there is really a way to know this for sure. However, if I may talk out of both sides of my mouth…with stenosis there is the possibility that you can damage the spinal cord. Once that happens there is no undoing that kind of damage. It really seems to be a gamble, and could be a serious one at that.
I do suffer from FBS, and to tell you the truth, I'm not much better than before my surgery. One other idea is that you may be mechanically fixed, to the point, that you will not do further damage to the spinal cord, and then still suffer life long pain because of nerve damage. This is really something you will have to ask your surgeon. All I know, is that one would be wise not to be eager for lumbar surgery. It should be the very last resort. If you need it, then get it done.
I have a good friend at work that has the same back pain in the same area, and we have watched him deteriorate to the point that he is starting to drag his foot. It is a very good possibility that if he keeps putting off the surgery, he could wind up dragging his foot for the rest of his life. I also have another friend at work that did just that….and now he walks with a limp, and dragging his foot. He will never recover from it.
No one here can tell what to do. All we can do is to share our experience with you. Keep doing research on it. We will support you no matter what you decide to do! It's a very tough decision to make, and I have been there before. I will need the same surgery in my neck one of these days, and I can tell you I'm not looking forward to it either.
I know this may not of helped you much, and I wish I could do more for you, but the fact is no one knows for sure. Take your time with it, and if you decide to get it done, then remain as positive as you can be about
. Again we will be here for you, so drop in anytime for support and or suggestions.
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