Originally Posted by hamguy
I have a Dr. appointment tomorrow to talk about the likely stenosis in my back. I can sit and drive just fine but walking/standing is a problem. I fear surgery since I am a staff infection carrier (the nasty one) and I am afraid I will be unable to cure it sometime. I am also allergic to steroids.
Not a pleasant future, I fear!
Well, I am now post-surgery (on Oct. 13) and finishing physical rehab. I went to a spine surgeon and after a couple MRIs he said he could help me. So we talked it over and opted for his plan.
That was, surgery on the affected vertebra(s) with no guarantee of success but high hopes. He operated and fused 7 or 8 bones. The procedures involved L3-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1, T10-S1, L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 and T-S1 I get this info from the Surgical Summmary from the surgeon.
I went to therapy while in the hospital and care center with followup in-home therapy. Following that, I have been going to a Phys Therapy center 3X/week. After the prescribed 12 sessions, I told the therapist I believed I needed a few more sessions. I will find out what happens tomorrow (Monday).
But, after having increasingly severe pain in my lower back for 60 years, I can now say I AM PAIN FREE
. It is like a million pound weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I still have muscle pain from the therapy but that is getting better and I can stand for lengthy periods without discomfort.
I hope everyone suffering as I was will take heart and consider surgery for relief.