Hi ladies. I have been having back pain for about 10 years now, pretty much all day, every day. In traveling on Tuesday, it looks like I caused something to really flare up. I went to a back doctor yesterday who indicated that I am at the point where the only thing left to try is a spinal fusion at L3-4 or L4-5 after a discogram to see which one is causing the pain.
I have tried lumbar injections, a discectomy and chiropractics in the past.
Obviously I am getting a second and maybe third opinion, but has anyone had a fusion or alternative? What are your results like? What was your recovery like? Looking for personal experience, although I know everyone is different. . . it's good to have a knowledge base going in!
If it matters, I have herniated discs that are torn and extruded as well as degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis.