Hi all... I am a 25 year old. I've been doing a lot of research trying to figure out if lumbar fusion is the best thing for me. In 2012, I was in a car accident resulting in a bust fracture of my L5, resulting in over 50% height loss. Since then I've weaned myself off pain medication, which I pretty much refuse to take. I did months of physical therapy, which I came to a plato with. I've seen 5 surgeons. I've had 4 steroid injections to help ease the pain, an epidural, which I was sedated for, and a discagram to figure out if my disc are my primary source of pain. I have numbness in my right calf and half my foot, which results in stabbing pains. I live with chronic pain and my current surgeon suggested the fusion may help ease my pain. I'm almost 100% sure this may be my best hope of being able to function normally again. I just look into many fusions and I don't see too many results from someone my age. I tend to see older people suggest against it. I was just wondering if anyone in my age bracket could educate me on their journey/success/down falls with this surgery..
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