Will the spine fuse itself in time?
I had a discectomy in 2008 for a severe L5S1 Herniation (2 cm), and I did not have any relief after the surgery. I had no clue, I never asked questions, I was so paralyzed from the pain, I figured that surgery was the way to go. I was off work for 3 months and did a lot of walking, water exercise, and stretching. It seemed like it was getting better and better, but after about a year and half, it was not going so good. I have gone to 3 doctors, all telling me 3 different answers. I have read abundant posts, from people that regret additional surgery's.( Little background- I was evaluated for a SCS, I have done many injections, I do my stretches and exercising everyday. As we all know, most of us have been there and done that.) I have leg pain, all the way to the foot, and in the last several months, major lower back pain and desiccation of the disc. I have heard that the spine can fuse itself? Anyone know or heard of such?? I would think it would take a really long time, and what happens to the nerves?, seems like everything would be cramped together and what would that do for the leg pain? Sometimes I feel like I need another surgery to fuse my spine, but I have fear that it may not be the answer.