L5/S1 spinal fusion - 21yrs old - need advice!!
hi everyone I'm in major need of some advice!!!
I little about me - I'm a 21yr old female and have has random periods of severe back pain since I was 18, these would last 2 months max. I have always been really active and very into sport. due to my love of fitness i become a personal trainer and LOVED IT!! I trained myself for 2hrs everyday loved Olympic lifts and sprint training would have 5 clients a day + work the gym floor for a few hours (regular 12-14hr days) and loved every second!! then 8 months ago this all came to a stop I can't even do Pilates with out and being shattered after! I get pain consistently in my lower back, hip and sometimes into my thighs. I get numbness in my toes and my leg will randomly give way under me. I can't sleep because of it (can't remember the last time I went to sleep before 3am)
An MRI has shown I have grade 1 spondylolisthesis, minor disc bulge, disc degeneration and lots of scar tissue. I've been having physio for 7months with no change and I met with a consultant and they have offered my a spinal fusion with decompression & laminectomy(not sure if the last 2 are just part of a normal fusion).
I don't know what to do?!? I want my old life back!!! I haven't really found much info on someone my age getting the surgery for spondylolisthesis (lots for scoliosis but that tends to be multiple fusions at a higher levels so im presuming that dramatically changes the pain levels/rehab/recovery)
any advice welcome!!!