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Mothers back pain - long term

I am new on here as I really need to sort this once and for all, I write on behalf of my mother, she has had back problems since 1982 when she slipped a disc. This was not operated on at the time as the consultants thought that it was arthritis. It was not until 1987 when she had a milogram and it was found that a disc was pressing on a nerve that she had an operation to remove part of the disc.

She has been in constant pain ever since, not being able to walk far but being able to sit fairly comfortably. Over the past 2 years this has changed and now she can no longer walk, sit, or lie without significant pain. She has recently has scans which show that one disc is completely disintegrated and 2 others are disintegrating. She has had spinal nerve blocks several times and recently had facet joint injections, none of which have made any difference to the pain.

Her quality of life has deteriorated significantly, becoming more and more house bound. Her consultant has told her that her only option is a lumbar fusion but, at 66, she feels that this is a huge decision and would like a second opinion.

Is it possible that anyone on here would be able to advise if this is good idea at age 66, or perhaps point me in the right direction to see if this would be huge risk at her age.

Thanks
DS
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replied March 30th, 2010
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im 68 and had a fusion at age 65. the factors to look at are how her overall health is. if it is reasonably good other than the spine i would go for it. she has a lot more years to live and if she doesnt go for it now the pain will get worse and she may have permanent everlasting nerve damage. surgeons now a days operate on people much older than 66.......pete
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replied April 5th, 2010
Thanks for replying, are you in pain now ? and has it cured you having the Operation ?
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replied April 5th, 2010
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i am in pain but my situation was very severe so you cant really compare....pete
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