Been fused on the front side and now dr. wants to do the back side
I had L3 L4 L5 fused from the front side in 11/09. I am in more pain after the surgery than before. I have lost my job in lawenforcement and now on ssd. I was very active but not anymore due to pain. Im on pain meds constantly. My lower back and right leg hurts all the time, sometimes both legs. I have tried injections and therapy, nothing works. I cant stay in bed at night for more than 1 or 2 hours. I end up in a recliner the rest of the night sometimes I sleep sometimes all I can do is watch tv all night because there is no way to get comfortable. My wife has been by my side through it all, I know Im blessed there.
Now my Dr. wants to fuse me from the back side because the front fusion has not fused. He says that it will stablize my spine so it is not pinching those nerves. Has anyone out there had both sides fused?
Im scared to have surgery again. The first one made me worse so what will the second do. The Dr. told me going through the back side will be worse than when he went through the front. Thats not what I want to hear. I want relief but like I said Im scared of the out come.
I am also becoming very depressed and I am on medication for that. I dont know if its working or not. Im sure you all know what I mean. Sometimes I dont want to continue to live this way but I have 2 great kids in college and a wonderfull wife so thats what I live for.