L4 L5 Fusion
This my first time posting here so forgive me if I do something wrong. I am a 53 year old female who has been having back pain for many many years. I see a pain management doctor, as well as a rumatologist and a orthapedic surgeon. Right now I take Hydrocodone every 4 hours for pain. Walk with a cain and truly am in constant pain. A couple of months ago I had an MRI done, and they discovered I have two fractures in my lower back. I have not had any trauma of any kind, they just kind of appeared there. A week ago I hade a discogram and they discovered the pain was coming between L4 and L5 and now want to do a fusion. I have done a lot of reading, and have a friend how had one done and she swears by it. I am really wondering what kind of a recovery process it is for the fusion. We are Military so not sure what they will cover either. My friend who hd it done had home health aide that came in and help. Is that really neccessary? One more thing...I have set a goal for myself that at this time next year (summer of 2012) I want to be walking at least 2 miles a day, and being able to exercise and do a little housework. Right now I am lucky to be able to take the dog out to go pottie and back again. Anyway any information would be helpful. I appreciate it. Michelle.