First off i want to say I'm so sorry your going through this.
I had my first surgery when I was 23yrs.After 7 surgeries later now at age 53 im in pain management.
Please try that first. Just my opinion. Get a stimulater if that's what the dr thinks would work for you.
Once you start having surgeries it never stops.
I will you the best and God Be With You!!
I had fusion and decompression surgery L4-S1 treating spondylolisthesis. I was told it was an emergency so I didn’t think I had any choice.
It hasn’t worked for me (I felt less pain for about 6 months and managed a short flight to the sun)
I agree with the replies you have received. If you have a choice, in my opinion, exhaust all other avenues first.
My husband has the same issue, he's had 2 back surgeries and now a pin is broken in 2 pieces. His fusion limited twisting motion, because his back had to compensate, which his pain became so bad, he's unable to work in the field he loves. He's a chef, I'm a nurse. We've been married going on 31 years. The normal place for twisting he's had fused, he had no disc left so they placed a spacer to act as a disc, but his didn't heal very well, and now with this breakage. If he does much he requires a pain block.. Your body has to adapt to a fusion at that level which places the disc above ,to be at risk, and age and other factors plays a part in the healing process.
It works for some,some it doesnt.Had the exact surgery and it didnt do me much good.But just recently found out my Sacroiliac joints are bad,and that causes low back pain.I would suggest you talk to your doctor about SI JOINT maybe being the main problem.They can give shots to help,and also do fusion thats minimally evasive.I wish someone told me that before I had fusion surgery.Good luck
I had a disc fusion on L4-L5 in 2017. It has alleviated the majority of infringement on my spinal column. One dr said it was grade 2, however neurisurgeon said it was more a grade 4. Very big difference. Now L2-L3 are causing severe pain. I'm not sure I can do another fusion as the rehab hospital overdosed me on oxicotton. I stopped breathing twice, brain swelling & kidney failure. Its like if the condition or surgery don't kill ya the rehab facility will try. LOL I spent several days on another planet. I also need a fusion in my neck. I'm seriously looking for any other option. Epidural corticosteroids did nothing! I'm not sure I can do it again! I've lost 52 pounds & thats helped some but the aching & shooting pain is about to take its toll on me