Hi All, I'm new to this forum and I find it to be most helpful since I share the same issues as all of you do. I have a complex situation and I hope that anyone here may be able to shine some light as to what I should do. I'm 48, 49 next month, single, disabled mom. A car accident over 20 years ago caused L3,4,5 and S1 to herniate and fracture, I've tried everything BUT surgery. Being in the medical field most of my adult life before going on disability, I have heard it all. Some say they should have had surgery years ago, while many, many more regret having their spine fused and so forth. As I said I have tried everything except for the Spinal Nerve stimulator, I'm leaning towards that here and soon. My pain is crippling and I'm so tired of using a walker, cane, and I have a Service dog and he really helps me with getting up a few steps, getting out of bed and so forth. But, it gets better, lol. In 2000 I was dx's with Fibro and arthritis in both ankles, then several years ago I was dx'd with bilateral hip DJD, my right hip is shot and I need replacement like yesterday! My hip went out 2 weeks ago and I can barely walk now, so between my back and my hip I'm basically just one big mess. But, what do I do first, the Nerve stimulator, then the hip or vice versa. I see yet another ortho Wednesday, he does both, hip and spine. My pain is off the charts and I have GI issues so most meds make me sick. Thanks for reading, any advice would be greatly appreciated.View Thread
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