at a loss
I am 42 years old and just diagnosed with DDD with a herniated disc and bulging disc at l4 and l5 and sciatica. I hurt my back a few years ago by picking up a rug and ended up in a brace and physical therapy for months. I was pain free for about 4 years and then I was in a car accident and had neck problems. I went through months of physical therapy. I was finally diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. I have swelling in the neck. It seems to get worse when my back goes out.
I have been experiencing off and on back pain for 4 years now the latest has been for about 3 months straight. I have been to a chiropractor that practiced in holistic healing for a couple of years and it worked for a while, but now I am back to pain every day. I was referred to a neuro surgeon and he is going to try a nerve block. If that doesn't work, he suggested I have a spinal fusion.
I am at a loss. In order to function, I have to take pain meds and muscle relaxers. I am still working. Has anyone had good luck with spinal fusions? How long does it take to recover? I am seriously considering it if the nerve block doesn't work. I have a one year old grandson that lives with me and it sucks that I can't pick him up.
Any help/advice would be appreciated!
Thanks for listening