Hi, I'm new to this forum, so please forgive me if my questions have been answered before
I've been off work since Dec 16th with horrible pain in my back and legs which my Neurologist says stems from my Lumbar spine?? I've had a CT of my Lumbar spine and Ne says there is extensive damage to the area of the L4 and L5 and he wants me to have a Myleogram (excuse the spelling) MArch 6th and an consult with a NeuroSurgeon about possible fusion.
My questions are: what is a Myleogram, can I walk out and drive afterwards, or should I bring a driver, WHat is fusion and what kind of time frame am I looking at if I go the fusion route? I'm scared of not knowing what is to come, and I am the main breadwinner in my family, so money is tight to non existent right now. DO you think my Short Term Disability will kick in?? It hasn't yet. Are there other options for both the surgery and the money situation if I have the surgery. I am worried about recovery time. I am very overweight and know that is going to be a factor in my recovery time, Do any of you face the same kind of overweight/fusion challenge?? If so, WHat was done??
Sorry my post is so long, I'm just very worried about this myelogram and about what comes next.
Thanks for your replies, Jean