Re: Not sure what to do
Welcome to the boards, Sue! I am 10 days out from a fusion of l5/s1. In 1982, I had a fusion without hardware at s1/s2 and a laminectomy of l5/s1 in May 2006.
- Is it possible that the first steroid injection inflamed the nerve and will another injection just cause more problems?
[B]Personally, I did not receive any relief from the injections and after 2 which increased my pain, my physician said no more. [/B]
- How likely is it that the pain and instablity will ease without surgery?
[B]The only way that I know to cure instability is thru a fusion. I had a laminectomy in May of last year to reduce the compression of nerves. I had 2/3 months of partial relief until I reinjured myself by emptying the dishwasher. Apparently, when my doctor did the laminectomy and removed the bone spurs my spinal column it became unstable resulting in my need for a fusion. [/B]
- Is using a back brace for stability a good idea with pinched nerves or will it cause further nerve compression?
[B]I think a back brace depends on each individual case. My doctor never prescribed one until after my fusion.[/B]
- I realize that it's different for everyone but about how long after surgery are you able to get around fairly well?
[B]With my laminectomy, I was down for 6 weeks completely. With my fusion, my doctor has stated I will not be able to lift, bend, do laundry, clean house, drive, twist, for 12 weeks. I must say that my fusion has been easier than my laminectomy which according to my doctor is highly unusual for a patient to say. But according to my huby I am not normal anyway.[/B]
I wish you good luck and hope that you are able to resolve your pain without surgery.
Last edited by ms_west; 02-11-2007 at 09:59 AM.