My situation: I have had 10 years of lower back pain, stiffness, numbness on my legs and feet. Tried for 10 yrs ultrasound, physical therapy, tens, heat, cold, various annual nerve blocks, pharmacology (Neurontin, cataflam, skelaxin, lodine, lyrica,ultram,ultracet, Medrol,etc etc etc.) and finally L5 Laminectomy with No relief to date. Latest MRI shows no disc in S1. Spine Ortho Surgeon suggest I get a multi level Spine fusion from L3-S1 since L3, L4 and L5 since I have already too much damage and just getting fusion on S1 will make upper levels collapse eventually. This will bring me back to get more future surgeries.
My question: Since I have tried for 101 years all conservative options with no relief, is a multiple spinal fusion with instrumentation my ONLY option? I am really worried and scared of what this surgery entails. I am a 39 yr old female. No previous accidents, or falls. No one can explain how my situation was caused and how its progressed within 10 yrs. I have always had a computer sitting (sedentary) but mind stressful job. (not sure if that will make a diff).
Your opinion will be really helpful at this moment of total worry.
Diagnostic: HNP L5/S1,L4/L5,L3/L4 with severe stenosis,radiculopathy,L5/S1 Nerve root, post laminectomy syndrome and Degenerative Disc Disease L3-S1.
Surgical Procedure: Laminectomy and decompression L3,L4 & S1, posterior spine fusion L3-S1 with instrumentation. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion, application cages, bone graft and allograft.