Back surgeries Kate
Kate , A note on back surgeries, often when fusions are done it does effect the other disc's and future surgery could be a possibility. My Doctor told me if you are having surgery for pain , the pain will most likey be there after surgery too, he told me to only consider surgery if it interfers with other organs.
Last year I had such progressive pain in my hips and legs and everyone was sure it was my back and I do have 2 disc's that arent great with stenosis, turned out most of my of pain was coming from a artery issue, I had the by-pass surgery in late June, long recovery but I can tell you my back pain is minimal now, if I do something I shouldn't I might get a little stiff but goes away in a day or so.
My vascular surgeon told me he had a patient that had many back sugeries and it turned out to be the very same thing I had.