I had my first back surgery in 1986 for a herniated disc at L5-S1 which had taken 3 years to diagnose!
3 months postoperative the disc further ruptured, so in 1987 I underwent another partial discectomey.
I continued to have problems over the next few years when it finally came to a head in 1992, at which time I had an anterior and posterior fusion with instrumentation. I am a professional figure skating coach, self employed, I was back on the ice teaching in one month - yes it was extremely painful - but if I had been turned down for disability. The next two years was still painful, though not quite as bad. In 1994 I underwent my fourth surgery to remove the instrumentation, and after the initial pain had subsided, things improved. I have had the occasional flare ups which normally eased after some rest. Then 6 months ago it started again, and didn't subside with rest and meds, The latest CTscan shows stenosis, DDD, bulging disc L3-L4 and a whole mess at the L4-L5 level, further to this there are 2 bulging discs in the thoracic area and other issues in the cervical area. The donor site on my hip still has the screws in, and this has since become painful. I don't want more surgery if I can help it, but I also don't want to live my life in pain day in and day out.
I have had to sell my house because disability wont pay - they say I must be considered chronic and long term! aren't they wonderful.
I wish those people good luck with their upcoming surgeries, and remember the pain gets easier with each passing day after the surgery.
Located in canada