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Beth,
I understand what you are feeling. I have decided to stop fighting and go ahead with a fusion next Tuesday. I have become less and less mobile, strength and stamina have decreased, until I got to the point I couldn't work. I have been on nsaids for years but last April, I started on the Percocet after finally conceding that the pain was just too much. My usage has increased both due to tolerance and the severity of my condition is worsening. I can't go on like this - I am 43 yrs old. So I am having my l5s1 fused with a laminectomy. I will share as soon as I can after the surgery. They say I will be in the hospital 5 days. I am bringing my laptop.

Brett
[QUOTE=2Bbackontop;3441682]Beth,
I understand what you are feeling. I have decided to stop fighting and go ahead with a fusion next Tuesday. I have become less and less mobile, strength and stamina have decreased, until I got to the point I couldn't work. I have been on nsaids for years but last April, I started on the Percocet after finally conceding that the pain was just too much. My usage has increased both due to tolerance and the severity of my condition is worsening. I can't go on like this - I am 43 yrs old. So I am having my l5s1 fused with a laminectomy. I will share as soon as I can after the surgery. They say I will be in the hospital 5 days. I am bringing my laptop.

Brett

Hi Brett,

How do you know to operate on L5/S1? Do you have a herniation? Or annular tear? See, most of my problem is that I have 3 levels involved, and we're not sure which one is causing pain, or if all of them are contributing. So I certainly don't want a 3-level fusion, but I'm super frustrated trying to figure out which level(s) are causing my pain. I do have herniations & bulges, but nothing impinging on any nerves (except maybe the foramen, slightly), so pain is coming from within the disc. I have had 2 discograms and several injections, with no relief from any. So I am mostly confused & frustrated at not being able to figure out which level(s) are causing pain. Therefore, I am defeinitely not ready to jump into fusion yet b/c I wouldn't know which level(s) to fuse!!! Thanks for you thoughts.

-Beth