Surgery?? I'm really nervous!!
Hi everyone, I'm so glad to read everyones postings, there are a lot that are inspiring and some that make me a bit MORE nervous about the surgery I am considering. Thanks to those of you who take the time to read my post, I sincerely appreciate the feedback.
I will post some of the MRI report from a few weeks ago:
"At L3-4, tiny bulging disc;
At L4-5 grade 1 listhesis, disc bulge with annular tear, nearly contacts both S1 roots, severe facet arthropathy, moderate stenosis, rt and lft foraminal narrowing;
At L5-S1 disc desiccation w/bulging disc w/annular tear w/bulging disc ventrally where indents the epidural fat. Bulging disc nearly contacts both S1 roots and is similiar to the L4-5 level;
The right S1 root is slightly more posteriorly which could indicate some slight mass effect and would correlate with the right S1 radiculopathy".
I can only interpret this into one word: pain. Other than that, from the professionals help breaking it down I need the MAST TLIF surgery. Because I had a heart attack in 2009, it has taken my cardiologist this long to clear me for nerve blocks and/or surgery. I had a nerve block and I ended up with an incredible headache, nausea and vomiting. The headache kept me mostly in bed for 10 days!!! Then the relief was only for about a week. I will never do that again!! This is my third round of PT and my social, family and financial life absolutely suck. The PT is not really helping me to the point I need it to, but the Phys. Therapist keeps trying to sway me to stay in treatment and not go under the knife.
My question is....... is surgery (MAST TLIF is the recommendation from the first surgeon that I saw) likely to
improve my life to the point of being able to work FT and enjoy outings, do some traveling and get to social functions? Does the MAST TLIF correlate with my MRI findings to those of you who can interpret it? For those of you who have had this surgery, was it successful and do you have a full life? I am seeing another surgeon for a second opinion tomorrow and I will post the results of the visit.
Again, thanks to all who are reading this, I really appreciate your feedback!!!!! Blessings~Christine