Spondylolisthesis,with other sysmptoms and a recent car accident
I have been dealing with spondylolisthesis bilateral pars defects at L-5 S-1 and possibly one side on the L-4 L-5, as well as stenosis, two bulging discs L-4 & L-5. I have the L-5, S-1 vertabre slipped out at a grade 1-2. I also have Stenosis, Sciatica, DDD, Lower Limb Radicular Pain Syndrome over two years now. The pain meds they prescribe me do not work any longer. And to top it all off I was recently rear-ended by a Taxi on the way to my neurosurgeon and there are new sysmptoms. That are starting on the right side of my body. I am considering surgery but am a bit phobic.
My question is this, what may I expect form that surgery and how long will it take to recover? I've seen horror stories on other websties including this one and am very fearfull. I know how much I hurt now and would hate to be in any more pain than I am currently. It seems that since the accident, which happened three day ago my pain has doubled.
My pain was normally just on the right side of my body and now has moved to the left since the the car wreck. I am hopiing this did not hurt my back any futher, but that apparently doesn't seem to be the case. And of course since it is a taxi company they are giviing me the run around. I have also been fighting to get Social Security Disability seeing as every doc I see says I cannot work. Once again the question is, what can I expect form the surgrey and how much pain will I be in afterwards, as well as the recuperation time?
One other thing has any one ever heard of a surgeon not doing surgrey becasue of a cigarette smoking habit?