Hi Kim You know everyone is so different and it really is a difficult decision on whether to go with surgery or a different route. I guess to a great extent it will depend on what is actually wrong and how they want to fix it! I've had three fusions in my cervical spine and for the most part I've have very good results with them. At least as far as relieving the pain Ihad before having the surgery! As far as my lower back goes iI haven't had any fusion done yet but did have a foraminotomy done on L2 through L5 to relieve the impingement on the nerve roots in those areas. Again I had good results and the surgery did what it was supposed to do! Yes I still have back pain as the surgeon told me the disc at L5 is completely shot and I need a discectomy and fusion, I have chose not to have that done right now and instead I went with an implanted pain pump which for the most part takes care of my lower back and sciatica pain!
I don't have any regrets on any of the back surgeries I've had! I just wish back in the nineties they would have done surgery on my bad thoracic disc's. But none of the surgeons would touch the thoracic spine and instead I had to lose my nursing career and go on disability and spinal pain management! Surgery is such a difficult decision! And a very personal one! As I said everyone is different and one person might have and excellent result and another with the same problem and has the same type of surgery might have a totally different out come! So what is the right thing for you to do???? Well that is hundred million dollar question isn't it??? LOL
I wish you well on making your decision! I know it's a very difficult one! One thing to remember is....... allot of post-op problems that people have afterwards, can often be contributed to them over doing it and over extending themselves and put stress on the surgical area, because they feel so much better!!. Which sometimes can cause them to have set backs in their healing and could even affect the over all out come of their surgery! So a word of caution if you do have surgery .......follow your surgeons post-op instructions to the TEE! and above all be gentle with yourself and don't over due it!
And of course don't forget to keep your HealingWell Chronic Pain family informed of your progress! When your here on this forum, we all care about
and try to help each other!
Good Luck to You!
Moderator Chronic Pain
USAF retired in Sept.1991. I went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, I worked on Oncology and Med Surg, Disabled in late 1999, was approved SSD in early 2002! Diagnosed with: DDD and Multiple herniated Disks; Foraminotomy L3/4/5 Jan 2013; Posterior Articular Joint fusion Nov 2010; C5/6 ACDF Sep 2009; C6/7 ACDF 1985; Implanted pain Pump Jun 2014.
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