Jennifer, your reply provides a wealth of information for me. Yes, Andrew K. Metzger…he is the surgeon I am considering.
I too, have deep seeded anxiety over the surgery. Going to see doctors and talking about it is one thing. Actually committing to a surgery date is another thing. A simple thing I discovered recently is people on YouTube talking about their spine fusion experiences. That has been helpful.
I found your article on Myofascial release enlightening. I used to be a massage therapist so I am familiar with the technique and used to practice it myself. I gave up doing massage 16 years ago after I had my 3 kids. I have not started up again because of the pain.
So yes, I feel like I am on the right track to seek answers. Thanks so much, I will keep you all posted!