I wish I would have found this site way before now :jawdrop:
:H I'm Debbie..live in the Midwest..small town Illinois..on the corner of Sticks N Hicks. Oh yeah..and I'm 50ish..I have L1-5 spinal stenosis..spondyolothisis with severe arthritis.
I've been dealing with back pain for a number of years started going to a chiropractor to a PT..from there getting acupuncture..to the pain clinic with multiple injections and 1 round of Radio Frequency Ablation...None of them helped in the least. I'm on viocodin..valium and muscle relaxers.
So off I go to my wonderful Neurosurgeon and he looks once again at my older MRI which was done in January..he says we need a new one done and we talk about my options and his words were "oh ouch..ick bad...worst back I've seen in ages"! hahah Wonderful..so having said that we scheduled surgery for Dec 3rd. L3 L4 and maybe L5 fusion..more will be determined after my next MRI in a few weeks.
SOOOOOO now for the questions..what all can I expect? Is 12 weeks a real number for recovery time?
After surgery do you wear surgical socks after surgery?
How long will I have to wait before I can fly? Are there any special precautions to take?
Why are most of the diets I've read here all liquids?
I have more questions but will save those for later..thank you so much.