[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][/FONT] I am 26 years old and am already 4 years into a lumbar nightmare... My mom had L4-L5 herniation at 50- My Memaw at 80 and my Dad at 55... (Yeah, BOTH of my parents, same L4-L5 herniation)
I was 22 (2006)when I had my first decompression (L4-L5 laminectomy). I was doing modeling photo shoots before I gained 20 lbs after that surgery.
October 2008 (18 months later) I noticed I was having sciatic pain- I got an MRI and sure enough-L5-S1 was now herniated.
I had JUST graduated Nursing School, was about to get my DREAM job working in an ER- and it rocked my world. I've been seeing a pain specialist ever since then.
I have been getting epidural injections to ease the sciatic pain- then recently got one to ease my residual back pain from 2006. Now both are wearing off... AND on top of that.. in a 3rd MRI- L3-L4 is now "inching it's way out".
I am IN tears. I just got off work, a 12 hours shift, and I am DYING in agony of pain. I am a new nurse, I <3 my job... more than any person should ever love their job... and I am SO scared I am going to lose it
. My Neuro surgeon says I need a decompression, my pain specialist says I need a fusion... I am just trying to put off anymore surgery! I sleep on the floor, I currently take percocet and due to the nature of my job, I am fully aware of the ramifications, withdrawls, and all around negative outcome of pain meds...
So I don't know what to do?! I get so many different conflicting opinions from different doctors who I think just have their interest in mind...NOT mine... can I PLEASE get some personalized feedback?
I talk my patients at work because I can relate with them. Some say acupuncture, some say to see a DO, some say to do water therapy, some say to see specialists in UCSF, and all the doctors I work with are QUICK to say "go under the knife" which isn't something I would mind, but I am ONLY 26... what's going to happen to me at 60? Will I even be able to walk?
Please help me. I am very very scared and in tears. Scared of not being able to do my job, scared of getting too old too fast, scared of losing my fiancee because of my impending health issues for the rest of my life, scare of getting pregnant... All because of my STUPID back....