I finally have an appointment with a surgeon for 9-20. I'm not real confident in my latest MRI, but it showed a bulging disc L5-S1 with degeneration & a cyst on the nerve root sheath T12- L1. I've been dealing with this for over a year & a half & my condition is deteriorating, despite oral steroids, anti-inflamatories, hot/cold therapy & finally epidurals. Doctors involved tend to agree that surgery is called for. At this point, I have been forced to restrict my work day to 5 hours, my left foot is becoming numb, the pain is incredibe. At this time I'm on 10mg Lortab every 6 hours & muscle relaxers that barely take the edge off.
I have no idea what kind of surgery will be suggested, but regardless, I know that my ROM will most likely be limited for awhile.
I'm trying to find out what preparations I can do to make things easier once I come home. The only help I will have is my 18yo daughter. Also, what kind of equipment does anybody suggest? Are there simple modifications that anybody has discovered that made their recovery more tolerable? My bed comes just above my kneecap, so I'm thinking that I may need to get another mattress to make it easier to get in & out of. Any suggestions/wisdom that you can share would be greatly appreciated.