Finally decided to have surgery
Alright, I've been reading discussions on here for the past couple of weeks and decided to start one of my own. I've been having issues with my back for at least 9 years now. I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis when I was 24 years old. My first neurosurgeon wanted to do surgery then, but I declined because I was so young and just had a baby. Over the years the pain has come and gone, but each time it came back it was worse. Over the years I would have back pain everyday, but nothing I couldnt live with.
Finally about 7 months ago the leg pain became really intense, and decided to do something about it. I have had a epidural injection( which didnt do much), chiropracting, physical therapy, pain meds. I finally had a MRI and went and saw a new neurosurgeon. And of course was given the news that surgery was really the only that would help with the problem. The bone is severly compressing my nerve, or like the doctor said its crushing it.
I was dead set against surgery before I went in to see him. But after listening to him, he sent me home to think about it and told me to research eveything, then i should make my decision. So thats what I did. I researched him, my condition, and the surgery itself. i discussed it with my family and coworkers( i work at a hospital). So when i went back to my doctor last week I told him i would go forward with the surgery but I was nervous as hell. He said he understood and he discussed everything with me, answered all my question, and help put my mind at ease a little bit. So I will have my surgery ( L4- L5, L5- S1 fusion, and replace my disc) on sept 15th. Anyone with thoughts or information please feel free to leave me a comment and I will answer back. Im a 32 year old mom of 3( 2of my own and 1 step) and just wish to be in less pain so I can do more things with my family.