I hurt my back about 5 weeks ago after picking up on something. I've since had horrible back and leg pain. I've been told that it could be a herniated disc and that it could take week or years to heal. I cannot wait that long because I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old that depend on me and since I've hurt my back I haven't been able to do my normal everyday things. I've been in such pain that all I want to do is lay on the couch or in the bed most days but I cannot because I have my children to take care of. I've tried doing excerises that I was taught from my doctor that I use to do due to having degenerative disc disease but the pain is too much especially the days that I cannot even bend over. I need to have a quick healing process but I do not know how to make that happen. Is surgery my only option to heal quickly? Or there another route I can take?
Think long and hard before you look at having Lumbar vertebrae fused. It is one procedure that gets far more complaints than praise. Some find that the pain seems to get locked in. I'm going to live with it until it gets too painful. The severe osteoporosis I have in my hips and pelvis and lower back can result, at times, really severe pain. My endocrinologist has warned me of a 10% chance of a severe fracture within 10 years and I'll wait until then. Surgery terrifies me.
I have had back surgery where they do a fusion plus they inserted 2 spinal cages, 1 spinal clamp, 1 titanium plate and several screws. I would have to say, if I could go back I would do it all over again. This surgery has helped me so much, but I have Retrolisthesis and degenerative disc disease and was almost to the point of not being able to walk. But I will say this; research the surgeon very careful and in depth before committing to him and surgery. I lucked up on my Dr and got a pretty good one. Everyone's experience will be different, but for me, it was the right thing to do. Good luck to you, and ask questions about aftercare, after pain, medication and anything else that may apply to surgery and recovery. Also, surgery is NOT a quick healing process, but your back will not fix itself and will only continue to get worse. Hope this helps.
I had three back surgeries, the first one was a mini incision for the herniated disc removal. Before surgery I had horrible sciatica pain, my left foot was sooo cold it felt like it was in a bucket of ice all day, and I had a foot drop. After the foot drop is when I decided on the surgery. It was obvious to me that this condition was not gonna get better on its own, it was gonna continuously get worse, and my procrastination was causing more nerve damage. When I woke up in recovery room, the first thing I said was "my foot is warm". I did great, back to work in four weeks. Unfortunately, I reherniated and went down hill from there. Once they start messing with your back, it will probably turn into a life long process. Sorry!! But I have known people that have had the laminectomy, and been fine ever since. Only you can tell the progression of nerve damage ie... incontinence, foot drop, limping (due to sciatica pain).
Just don't let nerve damage get too bad, cuz alot of it cannot be reversed. That's what I did. Hang in there, there are alot of us out there to talk to. Best of luck!!! God Bless
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