I am 56 year old female.
I really cant remember a time when my back did not aggrevate me. I remember SITTING and peeling potatoes when my children were very young.
I guess about the last ten years or so, it has progressed. I have run the gammit, first chiropractic care, then pain shots, than 2 years ago I had fusion surgery on S1, L5, and L4. The dignosis was both spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease.
The surgery was successful and I was painfree for about a year and a half when a little nagging achiness started again. This has been progressing for about 6 months.
This week I went back to my surgeon and had an x-ray. It took him about 2 seconds to say, "I see what is hurting you. Come here and look." My L3 disc is GONE! His recommendation is another fusion surgery.
My question is this: Am I going to be facing fusion surgery every 2 years and this degeneration moves up my back?
Is there any alternative treatment outside surgery? I know my disc will not reappear, but any ideas on the course of action I might take to prevent further damage?