anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery. L5/S1 prolapse.
hello all. Im 19 and am currently working in the army. I have had a prolapsed disc L5/S1 for just over 2 years now, which is abbutting nerves. I also have mild scoliosis. I have tried physiotherapy, I have tried rest, I have tried strong pain killers (valium, panadiene fort, trammadol). I dont do anything I love anymore, I cant play sports or do any real exercise. I sometimes have trouble walking. I have good days and bad days, but the pain is always there. Nothing I do seems to help. I have discussed anterior fusion with my specialist, I feel Im out of options. The thought of surgery scares me, I want to get it done but something is stopping me from saying yes. Am I too young for surgery, realistically that means I should recover alot better doesnt it?? If I get it done so young, the fusion has to hold for alot longer, (another 60 yrs), will it hold for that long if im careful?? Im having trouble coping, its constantly going through my head, i need to make a decision. Please help.