| | Lumbar fusion prognosis....now what?
So glad to see there is an online community of support for fellow sufferers. Hopefully I can gain some insight from those of you that have already had a fusion surgery. Mainly, I am needing tips, advice for mental preparation, how to cope, etc...
I had a discogram done on Nov 14th which showed a grade 5 annular tear with significant leakage between l3 l4. I am only 25 years old, and have been battling back/leg pain for 2 years post car accident. I've done injections, therapy, lots of meds, and although they helped slightly, the relief didn't seem to last very long.
I am seriously considering a lumbar fusion because the doctor seems to think he can take out the painful disc and repair me, but I am terrified of being under anesthesia, let alone a knife! Like most of you, I'm sure, I have good days, and I have bad days, lately the bad days are more recurrent than the good. I'm taking Nebutome, prozac, and Norco for pain/depression. Sometimes I don't even leave my house for days on end. I'm a mother to 2 little girls ages 4, and 9 and am worried about how this wil affect my relationship with them.
To add another wrench in this whole equation I have been a smoker for 10 years, and have heard that smokers don't heal the same way after a fusion as non smokers, have you tried to quit pre-op? what helped? Desperate for advice.