Hi, guys... I'm in severe need of help/opinions/feedback
I'm 38 years old and suffer severe back pain and have for years. About 5 yrs ago I was told by a neurologist that I had moderate spinal stenosis and told about 5 yrs prior to that I had chronic nerve damage to my C7 and L5. I went to PT for about 8 months or so until I got injured on the job. I was carrying a 150 lb snowplow part when I slipped on a patch of black ice and broke my left ankle and tore up my left knee. I've since had four surgeries on my left leg and now have been diagnosed as having Complex Region Pain Syndrome and still have trouble walking two and a half years later. I REALLY have a hard time getting around and getting any substanial exercise. I've also seen a dr in the same ortho's office for back pain that has just gotten worse over the years. About 2 months ago he told me I have degenerative disc disease with severe spinal stenosis in my neck. Significant enough that he feels I need surgery for it. And "6 months after that surgery" he feels the arthritis in my back is so bad that I need L5-S1 fusion. He's talking about the XLIF procedure. PLEASE let me know if you have any feedback regarding these surgeries or know of any neurosurgeons in the Westchester Co/Dutchess Co, NY area that I may be able to see for 2nd and even 3rd opinions. I go to pain management monthly but it really doesn't seem to help a whole lot. I'm currently on Robaxin 500mg 3x a day and Opana ER 10mg 2x a day along with Lexapro 20mg. ANY info is greatly appreciated!! Thank you!