Lumbar Fusion L4-5 and L5-S1
I have suffered with lumbar pain since I have had my children 28 year ago. In July 2008 I had C5-6 fused successfully as my insurance company refused to approve the artifical disc replacement. This has caused further degeneration of C6-7 along with bone spurs and pain. I am treating this right now with pain meds and patches. My bigger issue is my lumbar. I had a snowmobile accident in Jan where I landed on my tail bone and the pain has been increasingly getting worse and prgressing down my leg. I returned to my spine surgeon and he confirmed I have degeneration in L4-5 and a tear in L5-S1. I started with pain meds and two epidural injections. Both failed. He then suggested that I meet with my pain management doctor and have a Lumbar Medial Branch Block. I have had two of those injections and both have failed. The pain has now radiated down my left leg into my left foot leaving three of the five toes numb and painful. I use to go to the gym 5 times a week and now it take everything to get myself there a few times a week just to ride the bike and walk the treadmill. It is painful to get off the recumbant bike and after walking on the treadmill on a level 6 incline, which I use to do 18 incline I am in a lot of pain. The pain management doctor said the Radio Frequency Treatment will not work on reducing any pain in my leg or foot and it may help the pain in my butt but he does not suggest to do it. He has suggested i go back to my spine surgeon and have a Discography done and then surgery. I know my surgeon originally didn't want to do lumbar surgery, but how can I keep up like this. I am now on stronger pain meds and I just want to know has anyone had L5-S1 surgery that has been successful? I see the surgeon tomorrow mornng so I would like some feedback for any of you prior to going to see him. Thanks in advance.