L4 - S1 Herniations & DDD. ALIF vs. Spinal Cord Stimulator
Hello All -
I am a 33 yrd male with DDD at L4/L5 & L5/S1 (both with annular fissures). I have completed about every conservative treatment out there, and now am faced with an ALIF for the dics mentioned above. I am not at all interested in the fusion (especially at my age), as I have heard that once you start, then the dics above will begin to fail due to the off set of being over worked since I would be fused below. I had the surgery scheduled for next Wed., but my surgeon has suggested we try 1 last thing before committing to ALIF... Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS). Curious if anyone has tried & had any success with this type of implant/procedure? I do not want to commit to a permanent fusion if I can at all avoid it, but my quality of life has been in the "you know what" for almost a year now. I am tired of the drugs as I am sure I am probably addicted by now, and want to get back to the life I had before this occurred (all I did was pick a pen up off the floor). I am a newlywed, and sad to say that this is not what my wife had signed on for... She is an exceptional women who still stands with me in this battle against the pain, but even though she won't admit it, I am sure she is having a hard time with our life given all day, everyday revolves around my constant pain. 24/7/365 my pain is at a 7- 8, even with the opiates. While the opiates help with the pain in my back, they do NOTHING for the pain in my leg. I am currently waiting insurance approval for the stimulator, but hope someone might be able to shed the light on expectations, and not just a "testamonial" from a company sponsored website. Please, if you have had any experience, I would love to hear about it. Thanks for listening, and I pray we all get relief some day soon.