ALIF recommended for DDD I
Hi , I am 39 yrs old , stay at home mom I was diagnosed very young w DDD and herniated disc. I've had pain on and off for over 15 years. This past August the pain / muscle spasms are so bad I can no longer function . Sitting is excruciating , driving is a nightmare , and I basically have lost a lot of flexibility . I have done everything offered from pt , meds , injections etc and I we able to function somewhat normally w periods of flare ups every other mother or so that turned into a continuous pain this summer. I can't get any muscles to relax they are so tight it restricts my movement and I have butt pain hip pain front leg pain. My ortho dr stated I have hardly any disc left at L4 s1 and herniation. He offered me ALIF as a last resort. I don't have any nerve damage or leg weakness , no trouble walking except when the muscle are bad or I'm in a flare I take care of a 4 yr old and a home and this pain is not manageable anymore even w 2 muscle relaxers and opioids. So this will be a decision I have to make and I need to do it soon. But I keep reading that evening seems to have nerve damage prior to ALIF or sciatica , I don't have that thank god but I do have pain and muscle spasms so bad I want to die. This is not a life this is existing and I have been stupidly waiting for my back to " go back to normal " meaning intermittent times of being flat out but it's been 8 months and I need to do something. Has anyone else on here had ALIF for DDD and gotten relief. I can't walk more than 15 ft w out stopping and bending forward. Bending foreword and stretching is the only time I'm not dying in pain. It's affected my marriage my friendships my ability to go to the store or a movie cuz I can't sit and driving has recently become something I hate. I won't leave unless it's for a dr appt and then I pay for it for days on end. Dr can't tell me if it will work he gave me a 50/50 chance if the discs are the source of pain. Well how am I supposed to know that ? Where else would it be coming from ? I need to make a decision and in MA they are very strict with narcotics now so I am not on any. I want to be able to drive and walk and function for years I worked where I sat for 12 hrs a day and I was fine I haven't been able to work since 2009. I'm afraid it won't work and that the lengthy recovery will affect my husband and mothers jobs and how do you take care of a 4 yr old after ALIF ? This is my second opinion , the disc space is just gone and I can't handle the muscle spasms and tightness and inability to simply drive to the store to pick up milk !!! I'm so sad for my daughter and husband and if I don't do it this will e my life , if I do it what if it gets worse or I have nerve damage I don't have right now ? I'm so lost at this point and scared of recovery and having my stomach cut open even tho I had a c section that's different ! How is the healing in the abdomen ? I don't care if I still have pain I know pain but if it will decrease it a little bit it's better than nothing , now my middle back is starting to hurt cuz it's compensating for my lower lumbar my dr says. I've never had any pain in middle back he says it's common for those who suffer chronic lumbar pain for decade. I need a success story and I need to be able to walk and drive again and not be on a shitload of muscle relaxers. He told me 2 months of recovery as far as taking care of my daughter my mom will move in for a month and help , what if I'm not better after that ? My husband. Has to still work ! Any advice or a success story w ALIF ? I mean I have read you guys are up and walking on day 3 ! That's crazy to me ! I'm scared he will do something to my stomach by accident. I don't have any spinal instability at all. I can live w this and not have anything be affected but I can't love in this much pain anymore nothing helps I've been in and out of er and urgent care more times than I can count . So if you had this much pain all day everyday cried you self to sleep at night and am on the verge of losing a marriage would you do ALIF ?