I agree with the recommendation to go to a neurologist who specializes in spine surgery. Also, it sounds like you need to have a discogram to determine the pain generator.
I am having spinal fusion surgery on September 12 to fuse L4-L5, after about 20 years of increasing lower back and leg
pain. I was, also, diagnosed with MS (over 40 lesions in the brain), in 1985, so my previous NEUROLOGIST did not
and a consult with a neurosurgeon in 2000 said the pain was coming from the MS. I have a lot of paresthesias, also, but, thank Jesus, no loss of function. My MS doc says
that the MS is causing me to feel ANY kind of pain more
intense than other people.
So, I implore those out there who have had spinal fusions
to please let me know what the pain was like healing after
surgery. I have been on morphine, long and short acting
for the last four years, and have cut it down 80% for the
surgery. However, I am reallly SCARED that my pain will
not be able to be managed.
Will someone please share your recuperation and pain management with me. Again, I am having surgery September 12.
Gerri, I talked to a lady last week who had a cyst, the size of a golfball removed, along with spinal fusion, and she told me she is doing so much better. (surgery was in June)
God bless everyone for sharing your stories...they have helped me so far!!!!