Hi I'm new to spine universe.
I am a female aged 43 and was diagnosed with lumber DDD aged 35. I have been taking morphine, codiene, gabapentin, amitriptyline and paracetomol since 35.
Seen my GP again today after visiting a few times since I was unable to walk in May. After 4weeks I was onmy feet again.
My GP initially told me to go away and think about spinal fusion on L3 L4 and L5 however she is not advising me to go ahead now due to the risks involved. I also have osteoarthritis, 2 crumbling discs and some bulging all at the lumber.
I cannot live the rest of my life in pain. I work full time but have so many odd days off and have had 4 episodes of going off my legs and having 3 or 4 weeks off each time.
Please help. I just dont know what to do.