Spinal Cord Stimulator and/or Spinal Fusion?
Hi, I'm pretty desperate and need some good old fashion guidance. I'm 45 yrs old, mother/wife, healthy on accounts other than a terribly bad back. In 2011, I had a sequestered L4-5 laminectomy, discectomy. With in 11 months, had another sequestered disc of L5-S1. All while having aggressive and severe radiating right leg pain/numbness, pain on top/bottom of my foot/toes with numbness, foot drop and weakness. I after dealing with two surgery recoveries, PT, countless epidurals and consults, I finally found a doctor that realized I had right peroneal nerve compression. Had that decompressed exactly one year ago and the foot drop got slightly better.
I did not have an injury, per say. I did have back pain throughout my 20s/30's and would just deal with. Then it would knock me to my knees and I would simply go to an Urgicare for flexeril here and the until I felt better. And the cycle continued until my spine had finally had enough fooling around.
This spring, out of the blue, my left leg began with severe radiating pain but hasn't crossed over the foot....yet.
In the meantime, I am on 3000mg Gralise (nope, not a typo, that's the terribly high dose I'm on). Vicodin several times/day, Zanaflex , Fentanyl 12mcg patch 27/7. With all of this nonsense, I'm still in pain.
I am literally at my wits end. The pain is awful ALL the time. Not a minute of relief and my pain med doctor is entertaining the idea of spinal cord stimulator.
I'm seeing my neurosurgeon tomorrow to review my Standing MRI from last month.....which I have since worsened IMO.
It shows a moderate herniation on the left and a tear on the right of disc L5-S1. Which only has 40% left of the disc.
So, people, what's do you prefer or what are your thoughts?
I'm losing precious and valuable time with my family. I am not active, like I used to be. I constantly complain and this is really dragging me down. I avoid social time with friends and family. I modify my gait and need to lay down to relive the pain. I know I run through bouts of depression because this isn't living, it's coping.