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Aug 10, 2018 · Back Surgery in Spine Health

Thanks to @gailb and @lioness. To answer a few questions from Gail, here is what I know:
No physical injury traumatized my back (that I am aware of):

1) Spondylolisthesis L4-S1,
2) Degenerative disc disease L3-L4 and L4-S1, hypertrophy, narrow fromiam, Lateral recess.

Over the years, I have had the rhizotomys and shots from pain doctors. Worked for awhile. Then graduated to powerful steroid injections only given by my neurosurgeon. Worked for a short time, but last time they hardly worked at all. I can only get these powerful shots twice a year. I am really afraid to have my chiropractor mess with it too much. I know my doctor said no twisting or turning type movements from chiropractor. I have 2 opinions and they are basically the same. First neurosurgeon top in his field but no nonsense. Tried pain docs. He finally said surgery would be the only thing to relieve. Went to another top neurosurgeon (recommendation from a friend) and she is currently who I am with. She too says I am facing surgery. I live on a limited income so not sure about the chiropractor ART as I imagine Medicare and supplemental plan will not pay for…but that said, I have not looked into it yet. PT helps for a short while but pain does not go away….ever! My sciatic nerves have become more inflamed, with my right side being the worse side. The pain has progressed in a year so I am at my wits end! Will try water aerobics.
I try to stay active as much as possible but am somewhat limited as I had a knee replacement 7 months ago and that is still giving me problems with my IT band…hence, cannot stand, sit or walk for too long. That's it in a nutshell!

Aug 9, 2018 · Back Surgery in Spine Health

Has anyone had lower back discs fused? I am facing this soon and am trying everything I can to not do this. Powerful shots have stopped working. I’ve heard horror stories and am scared to death to do this. Anyone out there have luck and success with this surgery?