Spinal fusion? yes or no
I am 51, have undergone cortisone shots in the L-4/L-5 region several times and as the doctor would attest to, it is a short term fix to a long term problem. I have a spine that have vertebrae sort of twisted, others sliding over each other, bulging discs, i.e. Spinal Stenosis, Spondylosis, Spondylolisthesis, and bulging discs, one apparently with a small central herniation according to an older MRI. I am a patient at a State University Pain Clinic and am awaiting a referral to Orthopedics for Spinal Fusion. Three years ago, I was referred to Neurology but after looking at my MRI, they told me there was nothing they could do for me without even seeing me. I was evaluated to see if I would be a good candidate for some kind of therapy but was rejected. That was over 2 years ago. My concern is the spinal fusion. From what the pain doctor said, it is probably going to be a situation where they start near the Sacrum and work their way up because my entire spine is like a train derailment. I am in constant pain, I take Vicodin but as sparingly as possible. I also take Lyrica for Fibro. And yes it helps 110%. Without it, I lay in bed motionless and crying because the pain is so incredibly unbearable. I also have a TENS Unit that I use and it is helpful on my really bad days. I rely on it quite a bit. Please do not even suggest that I take Tramadol because I have and it does absolutely nothing for me! I would love to hear from people who have had spinal fusion and how they feel about it. Thank you all very much for whatever input you give me.