Has anybody ever had fusion without surgery? My neurosurgeon said from my MRI, it appears that L5-S1 is fusing on its own, but could not tell me how long it might take. I can not find any information on this happening anywhere on the net. Can anybody help me?
Also, he had me start my aquatic therapy last week, and the next day I was in more pain than I had been before (not different, like maybe muscles I hadn't used in a while...same pain, just more severe). I'm supposed to go back this afternoon, but I'm in so much pain right now it's making me nauseous. Suggestions??
The disc was there a year ago, just severely herniated. Now it's gone. He said this is exactly what they want to see happen, but it doesn't make sense that I can't find any info on it. Every thing I see says surgery!!
Had a sneezing fit right before I went to aqua therapy today. OWWWW! The only exercise I could do without pain today was sit in the hot tub!
This is just a thought, but if, as people grow old, their discs lose fluid, get brittle, and fuse with age, isn't that the same thing? I would try to find something on aging and fusing. I know that this is what the doctor told us about my 100 year old grandmother when she fell, her discs were already fused by time.
I am only 33 years old, so I'm hoping it's not due to aging. It's good to hear that it has happened to others, I just wish they could tell me how long it might take. I also wish they could do something about the pain. I have 3 young daughters at home and I can't do much with them.
Thanks again for all your feedback. It's given me some ideas. I just want the pain to go away.