Alright so I have reached my breaking point in back pain I have done everything in my power to avoid surgery but I can't take the pain anymore!!!
I've done epidurals, pain meds, nerve block meds, chiropractic, physical therapy, and I've even tried my own strengthening routine (after lots of research). Ive tried it all and I am still living with chronic pain that reaches a level of 7-8 daily. I have days where standing up straight is almost non achieveable. I am just done and at my wits end I CAN NOT live in pain anymore. I pop pain pills daily and I am super scared of getting addicted to them. This is not a life I want to live anymore. I know this can't be my life I am only 30.
So my surgeon is going to do a laminectomy and spinal fusion of my L5-S1. I am confident this will help me live a better life and relieve a big portion of the pain.
My question to all of my fellow back pain sufferers is what is the recovery like? How long did it take those who have had this done to be able to workout again? are there many restrictions to movement after this?
My anxiety and nerves are at an all time high with my surgery being 4 weeks away but I know this is the right choice for me.