Possible fusion T-10 - Coxxyx
Hi all ...
I've been having back pain for years, and was first diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disorder 13 years ago. My recent MRI confirms the disc problems, with severe arthritis and stenosis as well. I cannot stand in one place much more than 5 minutes, and can't walk much more than about 10. I can last a bit longer in a grocery store because I can lean on a cart!
I've seen a neurosurgeon who told me I have degenerative scoliosis too, and he feels the only way to go is to fuse me from T-10 down to my tailbone. It sounds so incredibly restrictive to me. i know I won't be able to bend over to put my shoes on ... perhaps I won't be able to bend at all!
There was a lengthy discussion on this website back in 2010 - 2012 of people who had this type of fusion. I am wondering if anyone lately has been confronting a decision like this, or has actually had such a long fusion. How has it been for you? How difficult was the recovery? How soon could you begin working again?
I'd appreciate any input from anyone who's actually had such a surgery, or anyone who's passed it up, to know how you feel about your decision. I also am overweight right now, and I wonder if anyone struggling with back pain has lost weight and then NOT needed the surgery ...
Thanks so much!