I ruptured a disc in my lower back and had a L5 S1 Fusion back in 1998 I’ve been having chronic back pain for the last 10 years I just saw my orthopedic surgeon and come to find out that my Fusion never completely fused. My hardware is bitallerally fractured and is pushed it my nerve root. My L4 is so arthritic that they have to take that one out also. They would have to take out my what’s left of my fusion with the fractured Hardware and then take out at L4 and then fuse up . I was given 3 options 1)- live with it , 2)- oblasion but the nerves do grow back in a couple of years, 3) have the extensive fusion? I work nurse in a orthopedic department so my job is alot of bending. Not sure what to do.
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